Trigger point dry needling is a treatment technique, which uses small filament type needles to release tight muscles with the goal of permanently reducing muscle pain and dysfunction. Throughout the world, Manual therapists are using Dry Needling technique effectively to treat acute and chronic orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions.
Dry needling is a modality that has been found to be successful in relieving chronic pain. It should not be confused with the oriental practice of acupuncture; Dry Needling is being used successfully by our head physiotherapist who successfully completed Advanced Level Dry Needling course from GEMT Australia.
Dry Needling may also be used for acute and chronic sporting injuries such as:
- Muscular haematomas
- Muscle tears
- Compartment syndrome
- Medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints)
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Tennis/golfers elbow
Dry Needling can also be used for spinal conditions where the underlying pathology may have triggered a movement disorder. This can result in the presence of reduced ROM or pain due to abnormal muscle tone or spasms. Such conditions may include:
- Piriformis syndrome
- Cervico-genic headaches
- Hamstring issues
Common lower extremity conditions treated with Dry Needling include:
- Patello Femoral Syndrome
- Patellar tendonitis
- Hamstring Strain
- Groin Strain
- Shin-splints; Compartment Syndrome
- Achilles tendonopathies
Common upper extremity conditions treated with Dry Needling include:
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Medial Epicondylitis (golfers elbow)
- Impingement syndromes
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR PATIENTS
What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling involves insertion of the needle into the ‘trigger point’ of the muscle. The main aim is to achieve a LTR (local twitch response) to release muscle tension and pain.
What will you experience?
The needles used are very thin, and you may or may not feel the needle enter your skin. If the muscle to be treated, is shortened and supersensitive you will feel a cramping or twitch sensation. It lasts for a short time and patients soon learn to differentiate this sensation as therapeutic as it is followed by a feeling of relaxation of muscle and pain relief.
How does Dry Needling help?
Dry Needling helps to reduce pressure on the nerve by releasing muscle shortening. It is now well researched that the ‘twitch’ response in the muscle during dry needling is associated with the muscle relaxing and stopping the pull on adjacent areas.
Are there any side effects of Dry Needling?
The most common side effect is temporary muscle soreness after the treatment. It may last for few hours to up to 1-2 days. Our Physio, will explain you on how to minimise this soreness. There are other less common side effects such as bruising. If you have any questions about side effects, please discuss this with our Physio team.
For how long you need to take treatment?
Treatments are typically once/twice a week, to allow enough recovery time between treatment sessions. However, this can vary. The number of treatments you will require will depend on many things, such as:
- How long you have had your problem (Chronic problems requires more time)
- The extent of your problem
- How long it takes to address the contributing factors
- How quickly your body can heal
Are there any contraindications to Dry Needling?
Prior to treatment please inform your clinician if you have any of the following:
- Metal allergies
- Axillary or inguinal node dissection
- Joint replacements
- Needle phobia
What if I have some more questions?
Contact our Physio Team by Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call +91 9810 227127 or visit our
“PHYSIOREVIVE” Dept. of Physiotherapy, Jeewan Mala Hospital, 67/1, New Rohtak Road, Karol Bagh, Delhi -110005, INDIA