Williamson Chiropractic & Sports Injuries Clinic 

Bicester's family orientated clinic.

 01869 249989

Myofascial Dry Needling is a relatively new and exciting form of treatment available to aid dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system. To some, the idea of using 'needles' during a body treatment may sound daunting, however in actuality, dry needling often produces less discomfort than regular deep tissue massage or many other techniques used in similar treatments. It is important to recognise that dry needling differs significantly from acupuncture. 

Acupuncture has its roots and ideologies firmly stemming from a traditional Chinese background, and typically focuses on pre-mapped meridian points and energies that influence different organs, functions and systems in the body.


Myofascial dry needling, on the other hand, focuses on the myofascia (muscles and fascia) and direct components of the musculoskeletal system, with the aim of directly altering dysfunction that has developed there.


Components that can be influenced with dry needling include fascia, muscles, tendons, ligaments, periostem (the outer layer of bone) and the nervous system. There are several different applications of Myofascial Dry Needling, depending on the dysfunction being treated. Common dysfunctions that can be treated can include but are certainly not limited to:

  • Tight Muscles
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Inflammation
  • Tendonitis
  • Muscle Imbalances
  • Abnormal Muscle Firing Patterns
  • Trigger Points
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Headaches


Different applications are used depending on each person's response to testing and assessment. Applications of dry needling can include superficial techniques where the needle is inserted 5-10mm into the skin or deeper techniques where appropriate. There can be passive techniques where gentle or no manipulation is used or active techniques where stronger needle manipulation is used, to create a larger response.


Myofascial Dry Needling has been used by both of our chiropractors with years of experience, its popularity growing as more and more people become aware of the technique and the benefits it provides. Prior to any treatments being performed, thorough assessment and testing is carried out, and any questions or queries you have will be addressed.