Dry Needling – Sydney CBD

Dry needling is a western version of acupuncture. It uses the same very fine needles as traditional acupuncture. Dry needling involves the insertion of the needle into “trigger points” in muscles.

Trigger points are tight bands that develop in muscle. The insertion of the needle into the trigger point can assist with pain relief, reducing inflammation, improving local immune/healing responses and relaxing muscle spasm to assist healing.

Dry needling is one tool in a physiotherapist’s tool box. It would rarely be the sole treatment. A thorough assessment should help explain why the trigger points have developed in your muscles. If it is felt that dry needling would assist in the treatment of your problem, it will be offered as an adjunct to other management strategies such as exercises or hands-on treatment.

  • Acute and chronic back or neck pain
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Sports injuries
  • Trochanteric bursitis and gluteal tendinopathy
  • Most conditions where muscles are exhibiting spasm/increased tone or tightness

Needling is generally very safe. Serious side-effects are very rare – less than one per 10,000 treatments.

Most patients do not feel the insertion of the needle. The local twitch response elicits a very brief (less than a second) painful response. Some patients describe this as a little electrical shock; others feel it more like a cramping sensation. Again, the therapeutic response occurs with the elicitation of local twitch responses so this is a desirable reaction.

There is no preparation necessary for dry needling. Your consent is required and if you do or do not wish to have it used in the treatment this can be discussed with your physiotherapist.