Dry Needling is a form of therapy that utilises ultra thin needles inserted into dysfunctional tissues in order to restore and maintain function. The needles are usually inserted into active trigger points, also referred to as “knots”.
Quite often these “knots” are extremely tender and can cause referral of pain e.g. a knot in the back of your shoulder blade can cause pain to refer up into your neck and can even cause headache if it is severe enough.
The therapist locates the trigger point, inserts a needle into it causing the built up energy to disperse and restore the muscle fibre to its correct length. The therapist may choose to leave the needle in for 5 – 10 minutes if they want to create a greater healing effect by modulating inflammation in the local area. Movement, exercise and stretching follows to allow free movement of energy through the muscle.
At Movement Medicine Physiotherapy Clinic only single-use, sterile, disposable needles are used
All practitioners are trained and only apply safe, low risk needling techniques to each patient