Dry Needling Needles
Dry needling, also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling and intramuscular stimulation (IMS), is an invasive procedure where an acupuncture needle is inserted into the skin and muscle. Dry needle therapy is used in physiotherapy in combination with other forms of physical therapies for the treatment of lower back pain, neck pain and plantar fasciitis. It can restore muscle activation and strength, restore range of motion and can produce back pain relief. Evidence on long-term effects of dry needling is currently lacking. For information about dry needling key evidence and contraindication please refer to Physio-Pedia.
Under Health Canada Medical Devices guidelines Acupuncture needles and dry needles are classified Class II Medical Devices. OrthoCanada only distributes acupuncture needles and dry needles that meet Health Canada's requirements. The following manufacturers we represent in Canada for Dry needling needles are Seirin, Dong Bang, and TeWa.
Dry-needling acupuncture needles vary in length range and gauge. Generally speaking the following guidelines can be used:
- 30mm long and 0.18mm to 0.22mm gauge diameter is used in the face, neck, hands, and feet, as those areas are more sensitive.
- 50mm to 70mm and 0.30mm gauge needle is used for the gluteal region in most patients.
- 30mm and 0.25mm to 0.30mm gauge needle is generally used everywhere else.