In May, Katie attended a two day dry needling course in Melbourne. The course was provided by the Global Education of Manual Therapists (GEMt). Dry needling involves the use of a fine filament needle that is placed into “trigger points” which elicits a local twitch response to release muscle tension and pain. Due to the needle being so fine, most people do not feel it penetrate the skin, however the twitch response can feel like a muscle cramp. By deactivating the trigger point, dry needling can help restore muscle function thereby alleviating pain.
Conditions that can benefit from dry needling include:
- Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Medial Epicondylitis (golfers elbow)
- Compartment syndrome
- Base of thumb pain
If you think dry needling would benefit your condition, please call Sunshine Coast Hand Therapy on (07) 5443 5474.