Dry Needling

At The Health Suite, we offer dry needling as a way of managing pain and inflammation

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Dry needling is a minimally invasive procedure where a fine needle is inserted into the skin and muscle.

This treatment originates from traditional Chinese medicine going as far back as 1000BC. The treatment was used to treat patients holistically, aiming to achieve a balanced state of health.

It has since been adopted by Western medicine and is now widely used by doctors and other allied health professionals.

Dry needling is one of the many skills used by physiotherapists as an integrated approach to managing pain and inflammation.


Dry needling encourages ‘self-repair’, which allows physiotherapy treatments to achieve more effective results.

It is often used by physiotherapists to treat trigger points and tight muscles. It helps relax muscles following trauma such as whiplash or can relieve longer-term unresolved pain, such as a repetitive strain injury or postural pain.

Dry needling has been extensively researched, proving to be effective in enhancing pain modulation through stimulation of the brain and spinal cord. It has also been shown to produce natural pain-relieving chemicals such as endorphins, melatonin to support sleep and serotonin to support wellbeing. The stimulation of certain points using needles during the procedure is felt to restore flow and balance to the way the body responds. Dry needling works on the same principles as acupuncture.

Dry needling aims to stimulate the body’s own healing chemicals in order to:

  • Aid recovery
  • Improve rehabilitation
  • Restore a state of balance

Dry needling involves using single-use, pre-sterilised, disposable needles of varying lengths that pierce the skin and muscles. Your physiotherapist will determine the location of needle points based upon their assessment of your condition.

A number of needles are used at each treatment. They are typically left in place for 25-30 minutes before being removed.

This therapy is offered by our physiotherapist, Zainab Docrat.

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Initial appointment

This therapy is offered by Zainab Docrat, our physiotherapist.


Follow-up appointment

This therapy is offered by Zainab Docrat, our physiotherapist.