Skin Needling - Perth Chiro Centre


Dry needling is a similar technique to acupuncture and uses the same type of acupuncture needles. It does however have a completely different logic and understanding of why it is done. Dry needling has more of an evidence based rational for its use. There are multiple medical studies available that reinforce dry needling’s effectiveness when used to treat different muscular injuries.

Acupuncture uses the placement of needles on exact points of the body called “meridians” which are believed by acupuncturists to be points that block energy pathways. There is not much medical evidence to support this idea or the use of acupuncture needles in these meridian points.

Dry needling basically is used to increase blood flow to areas affected by muscle hypertonicity, adhesions or as we commonly call them “trigger points”. Trigger points are areas in the muscle’s body that endures high tensile stress (mainly due to constant postural strain). These areas over years through repetitive micro trauma (mainly due to postural strain), lay down adhesions and scar tissue. The scar tissue and adhesions are created at such a slow rate that your body does not even realise this is happening. The aim of dry needling is to break down these adhesions and to make the muscle function better. Pain arises from trigger points as they a tight area in the muscle with decreased blood flow. Dry needling uses a controlled inflammatory response to draw blood to these areas. This promotes healing and relaxes the muscle to decrease pain and tension. There is evidence to support dry needling works on a neuro-receptor level and promotes the neuro-receptors to release different chemical compounds that block pain.


Dry Needling can be beneficial in the treatment of numerous issues if caused by musculoskeletal issues.

Some of these include;

  • Chronic Back Pain Due To Muscle Tension
  • Tension Related Migraines and Headaches
  • Sports Injuries
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golpher’s Elbow
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Work Related Injuries Mainly Repetitive Postural Strain
  • Motor Vehicle Injuries Especially Whiplash Injuries
  • Neck Pain from Postural Strain At The Desk


There are many positive effects of dry needling. These may include but are not limited to

  • Decreased Pain
  • Increased Flexibility and Range Of Motion Of Joints
  • Decreased Muscle Tension
  • Increased Mobility
  • Decreased Headaches (if due to muscle tension)
  • Decreased Radiation Of Nerve Symptoms (if due to muscle trigger points)
  • Motor Vehicle Injuries Especially Whiplash Injuries
  • Neck Pain from Postural Strain At The Desk
  • Increased Grip Strength (if caused by muscle tendinitis such as tennis elbow)


Dry Needling is completely different to getting a needle by your doctor or nurse. For a start nothing is injected into the body (hence the name dry needle). The needles are also a lot thinner than needles used by Doctors and Nurses.

Often Patients don’t even feel the dry needle going into the muscle belly. There is a bit of uncomfortableness when the needles are twisted once in to encourage blood flow to the area. Sometimes this can be described as the same feeling as a muscle cramp when the needles are twisted and the muscle can twitch. This is actually a good thing and is a good sign that the dry needling treatment is having an effect.

Mathew Farrugia the chiropractor at Perth Chiro Centre is very experienced in dry needling and has treated a huge amount of patients in Perth. This experience means he knows the most effective placement points for the dry needles which allows him to achieve the best effective results for you. Mat Farrugia will discuss with you if dry needling Perth is an appropriate form of treatment for your symptoms.

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