Alternative Myotherapy

Therapy and Rehabilitation Clinic

What is dry needling?

Dry Needling is a technique that uses “dry needle” – one without injection or medication, inserted through the skin into the muscle knots or trigger points to treat myofascial pain. It is commonly known as Trigger Point Dry Needling or intramuscular manual therapy. Dry needling in Melbourne is sometimes mistaken as acupuncture, but dry needling is slightly different from the ancient Chinese form of acupuncture. Dry needling is supported by research and is a part of Western medicine principles. It is used to create sensation into the trigger points so that the brain gets a command to heal the pain.

Dry needling is aimed at targeting and restoring muscle function. It can be combined with various treatment options or can be carried out solely to accelerate pain reduction, restoration and healing of normal tissue function. Dry needling improves tissue healing and restores typical tissue function.

How it is done?

The therapy begins with assessing the pain areas and identifying the trigger points. During dry needling treatment sessions, a Myotherapist inserts thin filiform needles on the muscle knots. These needles penetrates the skin and stimulate the underlying muscular and connective tissues and the myofacial trigger points. The needle allows the therapists to target even those tissues that are manually not reachable.

These needles stimulate a chemical and electrical communication within the nervous system. It inhibits the transmission of pain signal in our spinal cord and increases the release of our own ‘pain relieving chemicals’ within our brains.

The prickling of needles is usually not felt and these needles are disposed-off in a medical sharps collector.

Why dry needling?

Dry needling improves pain control, normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, and the spots at which nerve impulses are communicated to muscles, and also reduces the muscle tension. The main goal of dry needling is releasing the inactivate trigger points to improve range of motion or relieve pain. This can also speed up the rehabilitation activity of the patient after an injury or an accident.

Dry needling in Melbourne also helps the therapist to treat even those muscles that are deep down beneath manual reach. It can be used to treat a number of ailments like:


  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain/ back pain
  • Headaches
  • Golfers/Tennis elbow
  • knee pain
  • Hip and gluteal pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Ligaments Sprain/ Muscular Sprian
  • Sciatica
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis/Tendonosis
  • Athletic Performance


Difference between dry needling and acupuncture

In Melbourne, many people often confuse dry needling with acupuncture. To be precise, dry needling is not acupuncture! Acupuncture is a traditional practice based on Chinese customary medicine and is executed by acupuncturists. Whereas, dry needling requires effective manual assessment of the neuromuscular system. It is supported by neurophysiological research and follows the modern Western evidence based medicine principles and treatment technique.

Dry Needling Therapy at Alternative Myotherapy

At Alternative Myotherapy, experts deliver safe and relieving dry needling therapy. We have years of experience in providing Myotherapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Remedial Massage etc. in Melbourne. To seek an expert advice you can book an appointment with us! You can call us at 0449 698 635 or reach to us at info@alternativemyotherapy.com.au.