Dry needling (or trigger point needling) is a technique used to desensitise supersensitive structures that are also known as myofascial trigger points. A sterile technique (gloves) are used to insert a very thin needle into a myofascial trigger point to deactivate the trigger point and is then immediately removed again. It is called Dry needling as no medication is used to achieve its goals. Dry needling is not Acupuncture even though the same needles are used for treatment.
Your therapist will choose a different needle length and thickness appropriate to the area that is being treated but bear in mind it is much thinner than a normal injection needle and you will only feel a small pin-prick with this technique as the needle is inserted. The muscle may respond with an ache or a twitch which are good reactions when using this technique and will give you relief from your pain.
At Physiofusion Dry needling can be used as part of the physiotherapy treatment but is decided by the treating Chartered Physiotherapist with consent from the patient based on a full evaluation of your condition and is included in the treatment cost.