Dry needling is a method of releasing tight areas in muscles, tendon and fascia, using very fine acupuncture needles that are inserted briefly into the muscle.  Specifically, the practitioner is looking for a 'trigger point' which is the part of the muscle that has formed a contracted knot and limits flexibility. 

One of the goals of dry needling is to create a local twitch response in the muscle.   This is the muscle contracting and releasing, with a subsequent release of chemicals from the muscle that were holding it in a state of tension. 

Essentially dry needling 're-sets' the muscle to a normal tone.

There are many other mechanisms by which dry needling works

  • stimulation of deep blood flow, leading to relaxation of the muscle

  • stimulation of the pain-gate theory, creating immediate pain relief

  • stimulates endogenous opioids such as endorphins which are bodies natural pain relievers

  • ideal for any musculo-skeletal pain condition, especially when there is muscle involvement with pain and reduced flexibility


Dan O'Grady is a results driven qualified Physiotherapist and member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.  Dan has been helping people using dry needling for over 15 years.  He is passionate about helping people to move better, feel better and get back to doing what they love.



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