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Trigger point dry needling

Trigger point dry needling is a method of treating pain and muscular dysfunction using a fine filament needle which is inserted into specific spots in the muscle to illicit a twitch response. Following treatment clients often experience a dull ache in the area that has been needled, this is often short lived and coincides with a reduction in the presenting pain/problem.

How it works

Similarly to massage, trigger point dry needling aims to release tight, fibrous bands within a skeletal muscle/group of muscles. It can also be used to activate a muscle which has become underactive due to pain and/or muscular dysfunction. A course of treatment can consist of one or more sessions of dry needling, often combined with other forms of manual therapy and exercise. Your physiotherapist will customise your treatment to your presenting problem and as such, the number of needles and the muscles needled will vary between treatments.

Trigger Point Dry Needling can help you with:

  • Pain management (eg: postural, sports, injury, pregnancy related pain)
  • Speeding up injury recovery or surgical recovery
  • Headaches and/or migraines
  • Improving mobility and function



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