Dry needing is defined as rapid, short/term needling to altered of dysfunctional tissues in order to improve or restore function. This may include but limited to myofascial trigger points, Periosteum and connective tissues. It may be performed by an acupuncture needles or any injection needle without any injection of a fluid.
To locate myofascial trigger points or taut bands relies on palpation skills including physical examination, orthopaedic testing.
What does Dry Needling treat?
Pain arising from muscle tissues or myofascial tissues. Dry needling can be used for variety of musculoskeletal problems. Such conditions include, but are not limited to neck (headaches including migraines), jaw pain and tooth ache. Upper, middle and lower back pain. Shoulder pain including arm pain (tennis & golfers elbow), hand pain. Buttock pain (sciatic). Leg (Hamstring) and calf pain including foot pain.
How is treatment performed?
Acupuncture needles are placed into trigger points or taut bands of muscle tissues that are palpated by the practitioner. The aim of the treatment is to restore normal muscles health, tissue tension and local physiology. This has the effect of reducing pain that arises from these tender taut bands in muscle tissues.
During the dry needling procedure there may be spot bleeding, fainting may occur and may feel a small amount of discomfort from the needles. Bruising may occur after the procedure. As the needles are being inserted in the taut muscle band there may be discomfort up to two days after.
- Bensoussan A, Myers S. TCM Education in Australia.
- AACMA, Australian acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association Ltd.