What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is an effective and efficient technique for treating muscular pain and myofascial dysfunction. Dry needling or intramuscular stimulation (IMS) is a technique that Dr Chan Gunn developed. Dry needling is a beneficial method to relax overactive muscles.
In simple terms, the treatment involves the needling of a muscle's trigger points without injecting any substance. Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles are the basis of dry needling. It should not be confused with the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture technique. However, the confusion is understandable since dry needling and acupuncture utilise the same filament needles.
In his IMS approach, Dr Chan Gunn and Dr Fischer, in their segmental approach to Dry Needling, strongly advocate the importance of clearing trigger points in both peripheral and spinal areas.
Dry needling trained health practitioners use dry needling daily to treat muscular pain and dysfunction.
What Conditions Could Acupuncture or Dry Needling Help?
Acupuncture or dry needling may be considered by your healthcare professional after their thorough assessment of the following conditions:
Private Health Fund Rebates
Most private health funds offer rebates on acupuncture or dry needling treatments as a component of your physiotherapy or acupuncture consultation.