What is Dry Needling?


What is it? 

Dry needling is where a practitioner inserts a thin needle into a ‘trigger point’ or ‘tender spot’ of the muscle with the aim to decrease pain and tension. By inserting the needle it causes the muscle to contract causing a response.  

Patients tend to report immediate relief. The needle will remain in your muscle for a short period of time before it is removed.  


What are the benefits? 

  • Ease muscular pain  
  • Decrease inflammation  
  • Relax muscular spasm  
  • Increase blood flow to the affected area.  


What complaints can dry needling be used for? 

  • Low back pain  
  • Neck pain  
  • Calf or hamstring strains or tendinopathies  
  • Rotator cuff/ shoulder injuries  
  • Elbow pain  
  • As well as many other injuries.  


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The use of Dry needling can be therapeutic and another treatment technique in aiding in your recovery.  

Some of our practitioners here at Berwick Family Osteopathy are qualified in the use of Dry needling and may use it in your appointment as part of your treatment. Please phone the clinic if you would like to know which practitioners do Dry Needling. 

If you would like to give Dry Needling a go give us a call at Berwick Family Osteopathy and Spinal Clinic on (03) 9702 0094, or make an appointment online. 

We can’t wait to see you in the clinic and help you with your health. 

Blog written by Dr Frankie Gargaro – Registered Osteopath
Berwick Family Osteopathy and Spinal Clinic



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