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Dry Needling

Dry needling is a technique used in Physiotherapy to relieve pain and muscle tightness. It involves inserting fine, sterile acupuncture needles into trigger points (knots) in the muscles. The aim is to stimulate the trigger points and release tension in the muscles, reducing pain and promoting healing.


Dry needling is a type of physical therapy technique that involves the use of thin needles to stimulate trigger points in the muscles.

It is used to relieve pain, improve range of motion and reduce muscle tension. Dry needling is considered a type of acupuncture, but it is performed by physiotherapists who have been trained in the technique.


The needles are inserted into the skin and muscle without any medication, hence the term "dry". The aim is to stimulate the trigger points, causing them to release, reducing muscle tension and improving pain.


Dry needling is often used in conjunction with other physical therapy techniques to maximise its benefits and improve overall outcomes.


Dry needling is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, but it is not the same as acupuncture. Acupuncture focuses on the meridians, or energy pathways, in the body and uses specific points along these pathways to promote balance and healing.


Dry needling, on the other hand, is specifically targeted to relieve pain and muscle tension.

Dry needling is a safe and effective technique when performed by a trained physiotherapist. It can be used alone or in combination with other physiotherapy treatments such as manual therapy and exercise.

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