Dry Needling Therapy

Dry Needling Therapy
Dry Needling Therapy (DNT) and Electrotherapy (EA) are now offered at West Perth Osteopathy, used in conjunction with Osteopathic treatment to optimise treatment outcomes. Needling involves acupuncture needles, and may assist in the treatment and management of muscular pain.


What is dry needling?

Dry needling is a treatment option where acupuncture needles are used to assist with muscular pain.

How does dry needling work?

Muscle soreness is a common cause of pain often caused by trigger points (tender areas of muscle tissue).  Inserting an acupuncture needle into a trigger point has a neurological effect on the body helping to relax the muscle, improve joint mobility, enhance healing and ease pain and tenderness.

What is electrotherapy?

Electrotherapy involves the application of electrical stimulation via needles through different parameters, such as pulse length, frequency, and intensity. These parameters may be adjusted, tailored to the individual, offering rapid, long-lasting results whilst maintaining as much comfort as possible.

What conditions are commonly treated with dry needling and electrotherapy?

At this clinic dry needling is commonly used to treat shoulder pain, arm pain, elbow pain (tennis elbow/golfer’s elbow) low back pain, buttock pain, leg pain, knee pain, sprained ankles, plantar fasciitis and headaches.

Electrotherapy is particularly well suited to acute conditions including low back pain, sciatic-type symptoms, and tennis elbow.

What if I don’t like needles?

The needles used are of the highest quality, sterile, single use only and come in different widths and lengths.  If it is your first time for dry needling and you “do not like needles”, our therapist will tailor appropriate needle treatment to specifically minimise any discomfort and alleviate any  concerns you may have.  You can also opt out of dry needling treatment at any point before or during the session.

Will I feel sore after the dry needling treatment?

Most people respond well to treatments, however, similarly to any manual therapy, some soreness can occur typically for 24-48 hours afterwards.

How many treatments will I need?

This will depend on the condition being treated, your medical history and outside factors that may influence outcomes (e.g. your ability to rest from any aggravating factors allowing the area to follow the healing process).

The benefits of dry needling treatments are usually experienced within three to five sessions.

Is dry needling safe?

Yes. In a large study by Brady et al. (2003), it was found that dry needling had a very low percentage of serious outcomes (0.04%) showing that dry needling is very safe – especially when compared to serious adverse reactions from taking aspirin (18.7%) and Ibuprofen (13.7%).



Sarahjane O’Leary

Dr Sarahjane O’Leary

Originally from Australia, Sarahjane studied osteopathy in London gaining a masters degree. Sarahjane practices Dry Needling Therapy in conjunction with Osteopathic treatment here at our clinic from Monday to Thursday.

Allison Smith


Allison completed undergraduate training in Complimentary Medicine and graduated with her Masters of Osteopathy from RMIT University, Melbourne. Allison practices both Dry Needling Therapy and Electrotherapy in conjunction with Osteopathic treatment here at our clinic on Wednesdays and Fridays.