Dry Needling

Dry needling is sometimes referred to as trigger-point needling as well as medical acupuncture.  

During dry needling, an acupuncture needle is inserted into the skin/muscle with the intention of treating myofascial trigger points and muscle tension. 


Dry needling is sometimes referred to as acupuncture however it is not the same (despite similarities). 

Both utilise thin needles inserted into the skin with the intention of treating pain.  

Traditional acupuncture is based on the belief that an energy, or “life force”, flows through the body in channels called meridians. This life force is known as Qi (pronounced “chee”). Practitioners who use acupuncture in the traditional way believe that when Qi does not flow freely through the body, this can cause illness. They also believe acupuncture can restore the flow of Qi, and so restore health.

Western medical acupuncture is the use of acupuncture following a medical diagnosis. It involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles.

This results in the body producing natural substances, such as pain-relieving endorphins. It’s likely that these naturally released substances are responsible for the beneficial effects experienced with acupuncture.

Dry Needling is a modern treatment designed to ease muscular pain.

References: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/acupuncture/


Insertion of the needle is typically painless, however pain can be possible in clients with high sensitivity levels. 

Once the needle is inserted there is possibility of some pain/discomfort. However this can be managed through effective communication with your therapist. 

After treatment muscular soreness can occur within the first 24hrs. 

It is not recommended that you receive dry needling as a treatment method if you have a needle phobia. 

  • May trigger a ‘local twitch response’ (involuntary spinal cord reflex) which can reduce pain signals.
  • The needle may cause a small lesion which stimulates healing in damaged tissues.
  • Can help muscles return to their resting length.
  • May trigger tissue remodelling.

The following are the known (based on research evidence) possible adverse effects associated with acupuncture, your therapist will discuss these with you and explain if you are at any enhanced risk.

  • Bleeding and Bruising
  • Mild aggravation of symptoms
  • Mild pain at the needle site
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Pain not at needle site
  • Nausea
  • Feeling faint
  • Stuck or bent needle
  • Headache
  • Allergy or infection

Extremely rare (emergency) effects:   

  • Broken needle
  • Pneumothorax (0.0002% less than 2 per 1 million)

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To book an appointment or discuss a forthcoming treatment, you can contact Abi on 07900913773