Dry Needling

Dry Needling

Dry Needling (DN) is otherwise known as myofascial trigger point needling or intramuscular stimulation. It is a technique of releasing these points using fine needles that work locally and directly to treat muscular tension.  We only use high quality, sterile, single use and disposable needles at our clinic.  Jaci Hartley has been using dry needling as a part of her treatment sessions for a number of years and finds it beneficial. The same type of needles are used in Chinese acupuncture, however dry needling and Chinese acupuncture are not the same. It is based on Western anatomical and neurological principles for treatment of muscle, ligament and joint injuries. DN is also appropriate for chronic pain management. The primary focus is to promote tissue healing and restore normal function.

Most clients don’t report pain during a session

The needles are very fine and tolerable by most people. After needle insertion, many clients report a feeing of dull ache and or heaviness. There may some localised twitching or sense of light contraction, which may be briefly uncomfortable. Some people may experience some heaviness or muscles soreness for 24-48 hours following an appointment. We encourage you to drink plenty of fluids, preferably water after your session. Heat or ice may also be useful, however let your practitioner advise what is best for you.

Increasingly popular treatment

This method has been increasing in popularity as public awareness and support due to positive outcomes. There is increasing evidence that this treatment results in inhibiting pain signals in the spinal cord and increasing the release of pain relieving chemicals within the brain and results can last in the longer term. This modality may be incorporated into osteopathy or massage appointments.  Inclusion depends on your current problem, your treatment preference and your practitioners area of expertise. You can discuss this on the day with your practitioner or feel free to contact us anytime to have a chat.

What to expect at your appointment?

On arrival, expect to be met with a smile as we are very happy to see you. You will meet our practitioners, who will listen to your current complaint, discuss your lifestyle and any relevant medical and family history. Our practitioners will perform assessment, and discuss a plan.  We will make sure you are happy to proceed, followed by treatment to alleviate your concerns. Your time is valuable, please arrive early for your first appointment to complete your client form. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to ask as we are here to help! We will stay in touch by sending you personal emails or SMS (not bulk spam) and ask for feedback following appointments. We welcome honest feedback, so we can continue to improve our service to you. Our therapists are looking forward to seeing you for your dry needling treatment.