Dry Needling

Dry Needling

Dry needling uses very fine, single use, sterilized needles to help relieve pain, increase range of motion, improve strength and control of muscles and stimulate circulation.  It is called dry needling as nothing is injected into the body through the needle.  All of our therapists who needle have taken specific training to do so. 
The following types of needling are offered at Treloar Physiotherapy:


Our physiotherapists follow a western acupuncture approach that uses the acupuncture points of Traditional Chinese Medicine to relieve pain.  It can also be used to stimulate the release of endorphins, enhance the body’s natural healing ability and improve mood and energy.  


Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a needling technique used to decrease neuropathic (irritated nerves) pain following injury.  This type of pain causes local muscle tension, joint compression, and reduced blood circulation.  IMS causes muscles to contract and/or twitch and as a result, the muscle tension releases allowing for a reduction in pain and improvement in range of motion. 

Gunn IMS

IMS was originally created by Dr. Chan Gunn and therapists trained in his approach to assessing and treating neuropathic pain will have the designation CG IMS beside their name.


The Gokavi Transverse Technique (GTT) involves the insertion of needles to release tender trigger points.  The needles may by electronically stimulated prior to the treatment to help numb and relax the surrounding area.  

What to Expect

Before your physiotherapist uses needling as part of your treatment, you will receive an individualized assessment to determine if it is right for you.  The number of treatments needed varies with the type of needling and the condition being treated.

 All needling options we offer are very safe.  The most common adverse reaction is slight bleeding or bruising at the insertion point.  A small number of individuals may experience dizziness, nausea, or fainting.