Dry needling is a method of treatment that is used to alleviate musculoskeletal pain and tension. It uses thin, monofilament, sterile needles to penetrate the trigger point within the muscle fiber and facilitates its release.
This is done without injection of any substance. It is also not traditional Chinese Acupuncture. In fact, the science of needling into taut bands in muscles (trigger points) was introduced in the 1940’s. At the time, the medical community would inject various substances into trigger points to alleviate pain. In 1979, a Czech physician, Karel Lewit, discovered the benefits of a needle insertion in these tight fibers without the use of any substance. This was the start of the term Dry Needling.
Is Dry Needling Safe?
All therapists performing this method of treatment have received training in accordance with the provincial legislation and are rostered through the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario (CPO).
There are always risks associated to this type of treatment, especially when considering the insertion of needle in your body. Your therapist will always have a detailed discussion with you regarding the risks and you must provide your written consent. The risks will depend on which part of the body that is being treated.
What are the Benefits of Dry Needling?
- Reduce pain
- Improve range of motion of a joint
- Improve flexibility
- Improve muscle tension
- Improve performance and function
Who is a Good Candidate for Dry Needling?
- Poor outcome with previous treatment plan
- Inflammatory conditions: tendinitis, bursitis, arthritis, tenosynovitis
- Chronic conditions: low back pain, neck tension, mid back pain
- Tension headaches
- Individuals with intensive training regimes
- Pain and discomfort arising from poor posture
These are only a few conditions that may include your reason of consultation. Dry needling can treat many different individuals, however, not everyone is a great candidate secondary to other personal health conditions.
Upon your assessment with your physiotherapist, they will review the indications and counter indications. Together, you can determine if you are a good candidate for this type of treatment. This treatment may also be used in combination of other services we offer.