Here at Waverley Myotherapy Clinic we use dry needling (also known as myofascial acupuncture) as one of our tools to alleviate pain and restrictions of the musculoskeletal system. The benefit of seeing us for dry needling is you can rest assured you are in safe hands. Unlike some practitioners that do weekend courses, we learn dry needling during our degree and therefore have years of experience before we even enter the clinic environment. Another benefit is that we have multiple tools in our kit therefore is if dry needling isn’t for you or you don’t feel the benefit, there are other tools we can use to assist in relieving your pain and restrictions. These other tools may include pressure pointing, massage, joint mobilisation and exercises just to name a few.

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What does Dry Needling or Myofascial Acupuncture entail?

Dry Needling is also known as myofascial acupuncture. It is when we insert a acupuncture style needle into a myofascial trigger point to deactivate it.

Dry Needling is often less painful than pressure point release for trigger points so it is good for people who find it difficult to tolerate pressure pointing techniques.

We use single use acupuncture needles that are disposed of straight away. We apply pressure to the area to avoid post treatment soreness and bruising. We stay in the room with you and in cases where you have presented with multiple sites of pain we often work on another area while the dry needles are deactivating the myofascial trigger points.

Sometimes we use a tens machine attached to the acupuncture needles which is called electro-needling to help further stimulate the area. If you have a fear of needles, it is most likely that you will be able to tolerate dry needling. The needles are so thin you can tie them in a knot when long enough! We have had many clients with a fear of needles who haven’t felt a thing with the dry-needling technique and if we insert a needle and you feel uncomfortable we can take it out within seconds.

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What conditions can Dry Needling help with?

  • Tight muscles from gym, boot-camp or sport
  • Torn muscle to increase blood flow and aid repair
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headache and Migraine
  • Poor posture from computer work
  • Overuse injury from computer work
  • Sporting and recreational activity injuries
  • Disc Bulge by relieving surrounding tight muscles and combining with exercises
  • Facet joint irritation
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica and other pinched nerves in the neck and back
  • Scoliosis and Kyphosis of the spine
  • Knee pain or clicking
  • Ankle pain or clicking
  • Hip pain or clicking
  • Groin pain
  • Wrist pain
  • Tennis and Golfers elbow
  • Shoulder dysfunction or pain
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • SIJ pain
  • and much more…

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