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Dry Needling for Dummies

Dry Needling for Dummies

This is a simple explanation of dry needling, including the benefits and risks when used as part of a physio consultation.

For more extensive information on dry needling, ensure you visit our dry needling page.

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What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is the insertion of a very fine acupuncture needle into a tight band of muscle known as a trigger point. Dry needling may form part of a physiotherapist treatment regime to ease muscle tension and pain. It is seldom used in isolation as treatment effects are temporary unless the underlying cause of the trigger point is addressed.

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Benefits of Dry Needling

  • Pain Relief
  • Reduction in muscle tension
  • Increased range of movement / flexibility
  • Improved blood flow

Risks and Side Effects of Dry Needling


  • Discomfort during treatment
  • Muscular ache (similar to a cork) that can persist for up to two days following treatment


  • Minor bleeding and bruising – a small bruise occurs approximately once in every 200 needles.
  • Vasovagal response to needles – feeling cold/hot, clammy, nauseas and potentially fainting. This is extremely rare in our clinic due to careful discussion with patients about previous experience with needles.

Visit our dry needling Perth page for more information or call the clinic today on 9447 6152 to chat with one of our experienced physiotherapists.

Or book online with My Physio Perth today.

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