Dry Needling

A trigger point is a painful hard knot within a muscle fascia or a band of tight muscle fibres causing myofascial pain and reduced muscle function. Trigger points can be caused by muscle injury, imbalance, overload or over use and not stretching.

Dry needling is an effective method of releasing trigger points involving the identification of the trigger points and the insertion of a sterile, fine needle into the muscle trigger point. This creates nerve responses from the body to stimulate the myofascial release of the muscle. Thus, allowing the muscle to return to its natural state/optimal function. Dry needling can be used in conjunction with a soft tissue massage treatment. Hence, ultimately reducing pain and optimizing muscle function and activity.

Dry needling is a useful therapy in the treatment of conditions which involve muscular dysfunction such as:

  • Shin splints
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendon pain
  • Leg pain (hamstrings, thigh and calf muscles)
  • Muscle spasms and cramping
  • Recovery from physical exercise