What is trigger point dry needling (TDN)?

trigger point dry needling

TDN is a manual therapy treatment technique that uses fine filament needles to:

  • immediately release trigger points in overactive / tight muscles
  • normalise tone in a muscle
  • and/ or stimulate tendon healing

The result of trigger point dry needling:

  • immediately improves pain and irritation in a muscle or joint
  • improves joint mobility and function
  • allows for quicker recovery and rehabilitation

What is the difference between Trigger point dry needling (TDN) and acupuncture?

TDN needling is VERY different to acupuncture. The needle is briefly inserted into the muscle to elicit a localised twitch response (LTR). This response releases the trigger point and dramatically reduces the irritating chemicals within the muscle, improving pain and function. Patients often feel a significant ache or cramping sensation from the twitch response but then feel an immediate improvement of their symptoms.

Utilizing trigger point dry needing in physiotherapy practice allows a speedier recovery, getting you back quicker to what you love most! With a reduction in pain and an improvement in movement, you can start your strengthening & rehabilitation sooner!

What is Acupuncture?

Traditional acupuncture is a Chinese medicine treatment technique, where small filaments are inserted into various acupuncture points in the body to balance out energy flows or meridians. The needles are inserted and left in these points for up to 30 mins. Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide variety of physical and mental complaints.

What conditions can Trigger point dry needling this be used for?

Any musculoskeletal condition or dysfunction including:

  • Headaches
  • Tendinopathies – e.g. Tennis/golfers elbow, achillies, rotator cuff
  • Disc injuries, facet joint injuries
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Muscle strains or tears
  • Ligament injuries
  • Hip pathologies
  • Lumbar, thoracic or cervical dysfunctions
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • TMJ (jaw) dysfunction

Katrina King our Senior Physiotherapist has just recently completed the last of the 3 GEMT advanced trigger point dry needling courses. Katrina has been dry needling for over 10 years and gets great results for her patients incorporating the trigger point dry needling!! Katrina is able to perform TDN to all regions of the body!

If you have any questions or think that TDN could help you, please email us on [email protected] or call 5535 5218


Our Response to Covid-19

This page is up to date to our best knowledge, however, this is a rapidly evolving situation so we apologise for any potential delay in updating this information.

We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

TELEHealth Consultations

We are offering telehealth consults and home visits (where suitable) for patients who cannot attend our clinic.

Read more about TELEhealth Consultations here.

Staying Healthy

  • Wash your hands often (and for 20 seconds) with soap and water
  • Cough into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Social distancing practices – Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching, including shaking hands
  • Limit contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick and encourage employees to stay home when sick
  • Get 7-8 hours’ sleep a night to help your immune system stay strong
Please stay safe and take care of each other!

We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make adjustments to our business as we are further informed. Our priority is the health & well being of our patients and our staff. Thanks for your understanding.

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