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What is Dry Needling?
What is Dry Needling in Brisbane

What Is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a specialised treatment that targets myofascial trigger points for pain relief and muscle relaxation. Also known as intramuscular stimulation and trigger point dry needling, dry needling treatment uses very thin, filament needles which are inserted into specific points. These are often points of referred pain or pain that travels. By targeting these points, dry needling can relieve mild to severe muscle pain and encourage blood flow to stop muscle tightness and spasms.

Because of its effectiveness, dry needling is a popular choice for treating muscle pain or tension. Contact our physiotherapists at Align HC in South Brisbane and Indooroopilly, QLD, for dry needling in Brisbane.

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Is Dry Needling Actually Effective?

Yes, dry needling has been proven effective in reducing pain associated with trigger points. Notably, a survey of Australian physiotherapists found that 85% of physios used dry needling to decrease pain intensity, and 81% used it to reduce muscle tension.

Dry needling is a technique gaining popularity in Australia as a treatment for various musculoskeletal issues, or muscle pain. An estimated 6.9 million Australians were affected by chronic musculoskeletal conditions, based on self-reported data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2020–21 National Health Survey (NHS)

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How Does Dry Needling Work?
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How Does Dry Needling Work?

Dry needling works by stimulating the trigger points in the muscles, releasing tension and reducing pain. When the needles are inserted, a twitch response is activated, which is a good sign that the treatment is working. This twitch response is important for targeting areas of tightness and encouraging a release of tension in the muscles.

Is Dry Needling Safe?

Yes, dry needling is safe when performed by a trained and experienced practitioner. There is a very low risk of adverse effects when the procedure is conducted by an expert in dry needling.

Here are some of the reasons why dry needling is safe:

  1. The needles used in dry needling are very thin, about the thickness of a few hairs, and they are always sterile. This helps to minimise the risk of infection.
  2. The procedure is minimally invasive. Dry needling does not involve any injections or medications. The needles are simply inserted into the skin and muscle tissue at specific trigger points.
  3. There are few side effects. The most common side effects of dry needling are mild and temporary, such as soreness, bruising, or slight bleeding at the needle insertion sites. These side effects usually resolve within a few days.



What Are the Benefits of Dry Needling?

Other than being a cost-effective option for pain management, dry needling offers a range of other potential benefits. These benefits primarily focus on muscle pain relief and improved movement. Here are some key benefits to consider: 

Reduces trigger point painTrigger points are taut knots in muscles that can cause referred pain in other areas. Dry needling may deactivate these trigger points, leading to pain relief.
Promotes muscle relaxationThe needles stimulate the release of endorphins, your body’s natural pain relievers, resulting in muscle relaxation and pain reduction.
Improves blood flowDry needling increases blood circulation to the treated area, which helps bring oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and promotes healing.
Reduces inflammationDry needling may help reduce inflammation in the muscles, which can further contribute to pain relief.
Increases range of motionBy relaxing muscles and relieving pain, dry needling may help improve your range of motion and flexibility.
Reduces stiffnessTight muscles can lead to stiffness and decreased mobility. Dry needling can help loosen muscles and improve joint mobility.
Better recovery from injuriesDry needling can be a helpful tool for speeding up recovery from sports injuries and other muscle strains.
Improved athletic performanceFor athletes, dry needling can help optimise muscle function and potentially improve performance.

Chalerm Tuantab, Align HC Founder:
“Our aim is to provide the best evidence based care and outcomes for our patients”

Additional Points to Consider

Remember that the effects and results of dry needling can differ from person to person and that dry needling might not be effective for everyone. However, it can be a valuable tool when used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for managing muscle pain and improving movement.

Here are some additional points to consider:

  • Dry needling is often most effective when combined with other forms of treatment, such as physical therapy or massage.
  • While generally safe, it’s crucial to consult with a qualified healthcare professional trained in dry needling to ensure it’s suitable for you and to address any potential concerns.

What’s the Difference Between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

Dry needling is typically associated with physiotherapy, and physiotherapists are qualified to perform the procedure. While acupuncture and dry needling both involve the insertion of needles, dry needling is focused on muscular issues and myofascial trigger points. On the other hand, acupuncture is rooted in traditional Chinese medicine and holistic principles.


Acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles of balancing energy flow (qi) through the body. It needles specific points along meridians, believed to be channels where qi flows.

Moreover, acupuncture is used for a wider range of conditions, including pain management, nausea, anxiety, allergies, and insomnia. Additionally, acupuncture needles are left in place for 15 to 30 minutes and may be manipulated manually or with electrical stimulation.

Dry Needling

Dry needling focuses on specific trigger points to release muscle tension and pain. This treatment may involve twitching or jumping sensations in the muscle as the needle hits the trigger point. Physiotherapists use solid, filiform needles that are thicker than acupuncture needles and inserted deeper into the muscle tissue.

When Is Dry Needling Used as Part of Physiotherapy?

Dry needling has been increasingly integrated into physiotherapy treatment plans because of its potential to alleviate pain, improve mobility, and enhance recovery. Your physio will often suggest using this technique to treat:

  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Trigger points

Dry needling can help bring back normal muscle tone and improve the range of motion in muscles that have become shortened or restricted. Contact Align HC today and book an appointment with a physiotherapist in Brisbane. 

Benefits of Professional Treatment at Align HC

  • Our physiotherapists are trained in dry needling and have the expertise to correctly assess your condition, identify trigger points, and perform the procedure safely and effectively.
  • Dry needling often works best when used together with other physiotherapy techniques like exercise and manual therapy. Your physiotherapist will design a personalised treatment plan that combines these techniques to suit your specific needs.
  • Trained professionals can monitor your response to the treatment and adjust the technique or needle placement if required, ensuring optimal results and minimising risks.

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Frequently Asked Questions Swift Wart Treatment

Can dry needling help relieve pain in specific areas?

Yes, dry needling is known to effectively target specific areas of pain and discomfort. Dry needling offers relief to individuals suffering from conditions such as back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain.

Is dry needling sore?

Generally, it’s uncomfortable but not painful, and the benefits far outweigh any temporary discomfort. Some individuals might feel slight pain or bruising where the needles were inserted, but these side effects are usually mild and subside quickly. Your health practitioner will suggest icing, taking anti-inflammatory medication or exercising the muscle. 

Can I dry needle at home?

No, it is strongly advised against attempting dry needling at home as it is very risky, and you can hurt yourself. Without the professional skill set and knowledge of the body that a trained physiotherapist or acupuncturist has, the needle placement could be inaccurate, potentially leading to nerve damage, muscle tears, and even infections.

Can I do dry needling while pregnant?

No, avoid dry needling while pregnant. In this case, the risks outweigh the potential benefits, especially in the first trimester. You can consult your doctor for safer pain management options.

Am I too old for dry needling?

Dry needling does not have an age limit. If healthy, anyone can benefit from the process. It’s more about your specific condition and doctor’s approval.

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