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Dry needling utilises acupuncture needles to release trigger points within muscles. Trigger points are hyper-irritable areas within a taut band of muscle composed of multiple contraction knots which can cause referred pain and dysfunction. The needle causes a relaxation of this knot which in turn aims to deactivate the trigger point, promote relief of pain and restore normal physiology to the muscle.

Is Dry Needling the same as acupuncture?
Although Dry Needling uses the same needles as acupuncture, it is not the same technique. Acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy whereby needles are inserted into meridian points (specific energy points). Dry Needling is strictly based upon Western medicine whereby the needle is inserted into muscular trigger points which are first located manually by your dry needling specialist within the consult.

How does it work?
Inserting a fine filament needle into trigger points causes biomechanical changes which alleviate pain. Eliciting a local "twitch" response within the muscle can assist in breaking the pain cycle and releasing tight knots within muscles.

Dry NeedlingIs treatment painful?
Dry needling does not cause the typical needle pain; instead a prick sensation may be felt as the needle penetrates the skin. In most cases, dry needling to a trigger point is briefly uncomfortable, as it can pro-duce some localised aching. As the muscles relaxes and lengthens, the pain and sensitivity then subsides. In most cases, the pain subsides within seconds, although muscle soreness may persist for 24 to 48 hours.

Are there any side effects? How quickly will it work?
It is not uncommon to feel some post treatment soreness as this can typically occur with any manual ther-apy techniques. This usually subsides after 24-48 hours, after which there is generally an improvement in symptoms with a reduction in muscle tension and pain, and an increase in mobility. Response to treat-ment varies between individuals and is subjective to each patient. The amount of treatments can vary de-pending on the nature, history and maintaining factors of the injury.

Which conditions can be treated with Dry Needling?
Dry needling can be used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Specific conditions for which dry needling can be utilised include:

If you are interested in whether Dry Needling is appropriate for you, please call Living Life Sports Medicine on 9401 4400 to make your appointment.