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Dry Needling

Mike Varney Physiotherapy uses a broad range of different treatments; one of which is dry needling. This is performed by a qualified practitioner and will be used as part of a massage, physiotherapy treatment or on its own as part of acupuncture.

What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is an effective treatment for tension or spasm within the muscle. It has been proven to improve pain, reduce muscle tension, and speed up recovery. It is called ‘Dry’ Needling because there is no solution inserted into the muscle. Either solid or hollow-core hypodermic needles are used and directed into the muscle towards a trigger point.

What Is A Trigger Point?

A trigger point is an irritable point in a muscle that is associated with a sensitive nodule or knot. This area becomes painful in the muscle itself as well as radiate or refer towards other limbs or areas in muscles.

Is Acupuncture The Same As Dry Needling?

Dry needling for the treatment of muscular spasm is based on theories similar to traditional acupuncture; however dry needling targets the trigger points, rather than the traditional meridian lines used in acupuncture.

What Conditions Can Be Treated?

Dry needling can be used for a variety of problems including: neck, back and shoulder pain, arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow), headaches, jaw pain, and leg pain (sciatica, hamstrings strains, calf tightness/spasms).

What Can I Expect?

During a session of dry needling the needle will elicit a local twitch response, which is an involuntary reflex, in which the muscle fibre’s contract and relax. Dry Needling that creates a twitch response speeds up the healing process and improves treatment outcomes.

Will It Hurt?

A healthy muscle feels little discomfort during Dry Needling. However, if the muscle is in spasm or over sensitive a feeling of muscular cramp or referral of pain will occur – the local twitch response.

What Is The Science?

During Dry Needling, Neurochemicals, such as Endorphins and Corticosteroids, are released, the immune system increases white blood cells, and red blood cells carry oxygen and nutrients to the injured area. Since the presence of the needle in a tense muscle may be painful, the nervous system sends the appropriate feedback to the muscle to stop its spasm and ultimately reduce pain.


Should you be unfortunate enough to sustain an injury, our team of experienced physiotherapists are here to help you at our modern state of the art practice.To make an appointment please contact us on 01279 414959 or visit our contact us page.

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