Dry needling is designed to enhance pain management and is used with other physiotherapy treatment to improve function. Some practitioners in our clinic have trained in acupuncture.

Researchers have demonstrated that needling relaxes muscles, reduces inflammatory markers, stimulates fibroblasts to enhance healing and stimulates the brain’s pain reducing regions and endorphin and enkephalins regions. Laser therapy has been shown to accelerate healing timeframes, reduce inflammation and provide pain relief.

Dry needling is performed at the MSSM to treat headaches, jaw (TMJ) pain, Bell’s Palsy, tinnitus, hyperacusis, neck and back pain, sports injuries to joints and muscles. Gentle dry needling may be used to enhance pain management with other physiotherapy treatment to improve function.

Dr Peter Selvaratnam and Dr David Kelly train Australian  Physiotherapists in dry needling in Melbourne and inter-state.


Dry needling reduces pain, reduces the inflammatory process, relaxes muscles, and releases endorphins which are your body’s natural pain reliever.


The concept of dry needling was initiated due to the philosophical concepts of acupuncture in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Dry needling of myofascial trigger points was first developed in the 1800s and was formally researched by Dr Kellgren in 1930 and later by Dr Lewis in the 1940s. Dr Janet Travell who was President John F Kennedy’s physician further developed treatment of myofascial trigger points.

Dry needling can be performed following the pathway of the nervous system. For example, the pathway of the sciatic nerve and its branches can be followed for those with low back/sciatic pain; the brachial plexus and branches for those with neck/arm pain and the intercostal nerves for those with intercostal pain. Similarly, dry needling can be applied in those with headache, jaw and TMJ pain.

Studies on animals demonstrate that needling with acupuncture needles releases endorphins which are the body’s natural pain reliever. Studies involving the use of brain scanning with Functional MRI and PET scans demonstrate that needling activates the somatosensory cortex and brain regions which promote pain relief.  Thus, dry needling has neurophysiological effects in reducing pain and relaxation of muscle trigger points which can help you to improve function.