Dry Needling

Dry needling is a specific technique performed by regulated physiotherapists for the treatment of muscular pain, myofascial dysfunction, and joint immobility.  This treatment option is also ideal for relaxing trigger points within the muscle. Unlike acupuncture, dry needling does not follow meridian systems, rather it is applied to distinct anatomical locations in the body which include, myofascial trigger points in the muscle, ligaments, tendons, and joint capsules. It involves the insertion of a sterilized acupuncture needle into the skin beyond the dermis, without medication or injection.

The physiotherapist can safely insert needles into muscles, fascia, nerves, bone, joint capsules, tendons, and ligaments. The aim is to target specific muscles that have contracted which are compressing or irritating nerves. The needles can vary in size and may be inserted to various depths. The size of the treatment area and the duration the needles remain inserted is different for each client and condition. The physiotherapist may use other treatment approaches in conjunction with dry needling during a session.


The benefits of receiving dry needling therapy include a release of muscle tissue in specific trigger points, stimulation of hormone release to encourage healing, increased circulation, decreased swelling and an increase in mobility. Another significant outcome is blocking the effect of the pain response to the brain.

Dry needling is not used to treat mental health illnesses, regulate female specific hormones or used to assist in addiction recovery such as smoking cessation.

It's recommended that clients book a 30-minute session to receive the most benefits from this treatment. To book a dry needling session, call 613-635-7026.

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Jaime Smith

I treat all types of clients and conditions. With my approach, I do not believe that there is one specific treatment protocol for everyone, rather I encourage my clients to explore the various types of treatment options available to them…

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Jodi Martel

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