You probably must have heard of the word, “trigger points”. However, if you haven’t, here is a chance to enlighten someone who might require this information including you.

People who suffer from trigger points often experience painful and uncomfortable knots in the muscles underneath their skin. This pain is caused by frequent muscular movements, bad posture, and injuries that affect the shoulder, hips, and back muscles. The areas where these issues occur are known as trigger points. The good thing is, that dry needling can take care of this problem.

Want to know more about dry needling in Richmond? This article teaches you about the analysis, importance, possible downsides, and suitability of the treatment.


Trigger-point dry needling is a kind of treatment that involves the use of sterilized needles which are punctured into sore or painful knots known as trigger points to help reduce tenderness and aid muscle function and movements. When trigger points are left unattended by the right individuals, it extends to increased soreness, discomfort, and movement restriction causing excess inconvenience for the patient.

Trigger points are painful knots that can affect the neck, back, shoulders, and hips thereby causing unease. Just as the name implies, some parts of the body’s muscles can be triggered by direct trauma, excessive stress, recurring muscle movements, lifting heavy objects, inflamed muscles, and poor body form or posture.

With the help of a physiotherapist, a person suffering from trigger points can get the right treatment. The physiotherapist would then discuss the pattern of treatment which includes other treatment techniques that might be performed alongside dry needling.

In some cases, patients get better after the first session of dry needling. However, depending on the patient’s recovery speed, the physiotherapist would recommend the number of sessions the patient needs.

Also, there are various benefits of dry needling treatment. Dry needling provides speedy recovery from the problem. It is less invasive. It is one of the fastest ways of deactivating trigger points by releasing the knotted muscles.

Why Do You Need Dry Needling Treatment?

Dry needling is a technique that can be used to treat various discomfort that affects muscular and joint movements in the body. A person suffering from the following conditions might be treated with dry needling:

o   Tendonitis

o   Joint problems

o   Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder which affects the jaw and mouth

o   Cramps at night

o   Phantom limb syndrome

o   Disk issues

o   Median nerve compression

o   Pelvic issues

o   Spinal discomfort

o   Postherpetic neuralgia

o   Intense headaches/migraines

o   Whiplash (neck injury)

Dry Needling Vs. Acupuncture

It is very easy to confuse acupuncture for dry needling because they are both done with the aid of needles. However, there is a clear difference between dry needling and acupuncture.

Acupuncture is an ancient treatment that originated from Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the use of tiny needles to restore energy flow within the body also known as complete healing.

Dry needling physiotherapy in Surrey, on the other hand, is a new treatment technique used for specific body parts to aid relief by inserting tiny needles into the knotted muscles (trigger points).

While acupuncture focuses on musculoskeletal pain while also balancing the internal and outer body’s strength, dry needling focuses more on pain management for affected areas inside the muscle tissues to aid flexibility.

Is Dry Needling Painful?

The fear that goes through the mind of a patient who is about to undergo dry needling is the possibility of a painful procedure. Although the patient would feel pain when the physiotherapist is examining the affected area due to the trigger point; the treatment isn’t going to involve so much pain and, in some cases, the patient would slightly feel the tiny needle piercing through the skin.

The physiotherapist is often careful with the needles. At the site of the trigger point, the patient may feel a prick which indicates that the needle is approaching the trigger point but it is important for patients to continually move or stretch out the area during treatment.

Fortunately, dry needling eliminates the discomfort caused by the trigger point therefore the slight pain felt during the treatment is nothing compared to the soreness the patient would feel if the affected area is left untreated.

Who Is Not Suitable For Dry Needling?

Although dry needling isn’t an invasive treatment, physiotherapists often disapprove of dry needling procedure for the following people:

o   People with pregnancy

o   People who suffer from trypanophobia (fear of needles)

o   People who just underwent or are just recovering from a recent surgery

o   People with weak immune system

o   People who are taking medications like blood thinners

o   Children under the age of 12

However, regardless of your health status, you should consult your physician before undergoing any treatment at all. This is to ensure that you are suitable and fit for the procedure. Also, some people have underlying illnesses which makes some procedures unsuitable for them.

Dry Needling: The Cost

The price range of a dry needling procedure depends on where you are getting your procedure from. The average price of dry needling ranges from $60 -$70. The price would also depend on the number of dry needling procedure sessions that you require.

However, you can get more details about the cost from an expert physiotherapist in Surrey after booking an appointment.


Cambie Physiotherapy in Richmond provides the best and fastest dry-needling procedure. Once you have booked an appointment, the physiotherapist arranges a treatment schedule for you including making preparations for your pre-treatment and post-treatment needs.