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What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is a specialised form of treatment that City Physiotherapy uses for reducing your pain and inflammation. Your trigger points are targeted with acupuncture needles to treat your pain, muscle tension, injury, and dysfunction. Dry Needling treatment is highly effective and you will often feel immediate pain relief as your muscles relax.

Do I need a seperate appointment for Dry Needling?

At City Physiotherapy we make things easy for you.  If your physiotherapist feels you will benefit from dry needling treatment they will discuss this with you. If you have given us consent to perform dry needling and wish to go ahead with dry needling as a treatment, you will receive dry needling within your physiotherapy appointment. It will often require several treatment sessions, depending on the problem area treated, to completely settle some painful areas down.  Most people feel the benefits after their first dry needling treatment.

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Common injuries treated with Dry Needling

  • Sports Injuries
  • Headaches & Migraine
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • TMJ Pain
  • Muscle Tears/Strains/Tightness
  • Bursitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Arthritis
  • Hip & Knee Pain

How does Dry Needling work?

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Trigger Point Dry Needling

Needles are usually used to target painful trigger points in muscles. The penetration of the needle causes a micro-trauma that increases blood flow and alters the chemical balance in the muscle, assisting with muscle relaxation and healing.

The stimulation of pain receptors also causes the body to release opioids (e.g. endorphins). These are natural pain relievers in your brain. Their release provides further pain relief to you.

Your muscle may respond with a twitch response to the needle stimulation.  This is a highly effective form of dry needling treatment and you often feel immediate benefits from this form of release. Your muscle releases tension and lengthens. Substance p, a pain chemical in your body, as well as inflammatory chemicals are eliminated around your trigger point. Flushing out these nasty chemicals can provide a longer lasting pain relief.

How is Dry Needling different to Acupuncture?

Acupuncture generally refers to the traditional Chinese medicine which is based on stimulating the flow of Chi (energy) through the meridians of the body, whereas Dry Needling is based on anatomical and neurophysiological principles. While the dry needles are the same and many of the ideas behind acupuncture are still applicable, the principles behind the use of  Needling are very different.

Often people may use the term acupuncture when referring to Dry Needling so if you have had acupuncture in the past it could have been Dry Needles.

Is Dry Needling Physiotherapy safe?

Dry Needling Physio is very safe. There are certain factors that may make you unsuitable for  Needling or that require extra care to be taken (e.g. Diabetes) but your Physio at City Physiotherapy will consider these. All dry needles are sterile and used once before being disposed of safely in a sharps container.

Will Dry Needling Hurt?

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Dry Needling Treatment

One of the great advantages of Dry Needles over deep tissue massage for muscle release is that there is generally less pain both during and after treatment.

Most people don’t feel the insertion of the dry needle. When the needle penetrates the trigger point, you may feel an initial twitch or deep ache that quickly settles to become a light dull ache, warmth, heaviness or nothing at all. This is far better than the constant feeling associated with a firm massage that would be required to achieve an equal effect.

After Dry Needling treatment there is often no or little soreness. Sometimes you may feel slightly tight, sore or an ache for a short time (up to 1-2 days). This again is invariably much less that than felt after massage and soft tissues techniques.

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Highly Skilled Dry Needling Physiotherapists

All of our Physiotherapists at City Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic have all done post-graduate training in advanced neuromuscular trigger point dry needling treatment. Our physiotherapy clinic is also a primary world-class education facility for the teaching of Dry Needling in Adelaide to other physiotherapists, GP’S, medical specialists and podiatrists for 13 years. Our knowledge and ongoing education in Dry Needling is of the highest standard, meeting AHPRA requirements for clinical dry needling education. You can rest assured that you are getting the very best in Dry Needling Adelaide treatment when you consult one of our physiotherapists here at City Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic.

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