What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is an effective and efficient technique for the treatment of muscular pain and myofascial dysfunction. In simple terms, the treatment involves needling of a muscle's trigger points without injecting any substance.
What conditions can it be used for?
Dry Needling is commonly used in conjunction with other Physiotherapy treatment modalities such as; massage, joint mobilisations, stretches or strengthening exercises. It can be used to assist a range of conditions including back pain, neck pain, headaches, muscle/tendon conditions (e.g. tennis elbow, ITB friction syndrome) or joint swelling (e.g. ankle or knee).
Are there any side effects or risks?
Dry needling is a very safe and effective treatment modality. However, as with any treatment, side effects are possible and minor side effects can include increased pain, local bleeding or bruising, post treatment drowsiness, fainting, nausea and dizziness.