Dry needling is widely used by physical therapists to relieve musculoskeletal pain and treat sporting injuries. The treatment involves inserting a fine sterile needle into muscle trigger points or tight muscles, to stimulate our own healing response, allowing the muscle to relax.
It can be used for the management of muscle pain and stiffness, including lower back pain, cervicogenic headaches and post-stroke (Furian et al 2005, Liu et al 2018, Fernandez-de-las-Penas et al 2021). It is also commonly used in sporting injuries such as tennis elbow, patellofemoral knee joint pain and subacromial impingement (Sanchez-Infante J et al 2021, Rahou-el-Bachiri et al 2020)
Your therapist will use a single-use sterile needle and clean the skin prior to treatment to ensure a safe dry needling technique. The therapist will then palpate your muscles to identify trigger points or tight muscles, and then insert the needle directly into these specific trigger points to stimulate a twitch response.
If you feel you would benefit from dry needling or would like any further information about this treatment, please discuss with your therapist.