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.
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).
Who may be 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.