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Cairns Dry Needling and Cupping

Dry needling and cupping are two very different techniques, which we tailor to suit your needs. One is western, the other is an ancient eastern form of treatment. Both are very effective at releasing tight muscles and providing relief from muscular pain, which is what we’re all about at Knots and Niggles. Delivered by trained professionals, who are committed to increasing your comfort and movement.

To provide personalised treatment, each of your sessions with Knots and Niggles begins with a full body assessment. During this, your Cairns therapist will talk to you to understand your muscular and movement issues and then identify key trigger points, which can be targeted during your session to provide relief from symptoms. Dry needling works well when combined with massage; cupping can be completed on its own or in conjunction with massage.

Cairns Dry Needling and Cupping

The owner of Knots and Niggles Massage, Lizzie McVicar, has completed courses on the safe and effective delivery of dry needing and cupping. She’s passionate about always expanding expertise and services, to deliver superior outcomes for her clients. Salena Dieben can incorporate cupping into your massage. Each session is customised to suit your needs. All treatments are claimable on Private health.


Dry Needling sounds uncomfortable, but it’s virtually pain free and is an amazingly effective way to release knots from tightened muscles. It’s similar to acupuncture, but has been developed around Western science, using anatomical and neurophysiological principles.

How do we do it? Firstly, we locate your trigger points and then insert a very fine needle into it. This should activate a twitch response, causing the muscle to contract, release and relax. It’s fast and efficient and perfect for people who are sensitive to the sometimes stronger pressure required, to unlock these points during a massage.

It’s particularly effective when treating acute or chronic back pain, tension headaches, hip and shoulder conditions, knees and elbows.

It’s a relatively new addition to muscle treatment and Lizzie McVicar has completed all relevant courses to provide effective, professional Dry Needling. Cairns customers can book treatment at our inner-city rooms, located at Suite 3, 111 Spence Street, Cairns. Entry is via Draper Street and parking is available in the Harvey Norman car park.


Cupping is derived from ancient Chinese medicine. It’s very non-invasive and is delivered by using glass, bamboo or plastic jars, which are placed on the skin creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup.

The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation and help relieve pain. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can also loosen muscles and encourage blood flow. Cups may be moved around or left in place, usually for around 5 minutes at a time. Each of our Cairns cupping treatments is unique to you, targeting your need on that particular day.

Our Cairns cupping treatments are particularly effective at easing tight muscles across your shoulders and upper back and releasing tension in the lower back and hips.

Please note cupping can leave marks on your skin, especially if there is an injury or energetic blockage under the area that was cupped. This would look similar to a bruise and should fade within a few days.

WOW what a wonderful remedial massage with Juliana. She is absolutely brilliant. I am now going weekly to release my shoulders, neck and sciatica in the hips. Originally went for my very sore feet but now continuing for other issues I have. Juliana really knows the mechanics of the body.


Lizzie is a super star! Both knowledgeable and intuitive - Lizzie clearly knows her craft but also 'feels' what's needed in terms of problem areas and pressure required with confidence and precision. Get in to see her while she still has room in her Diary. You'll be glad you did!!


Lovely relaxing Lymphatic Drainage Massage from Salena this morning. I felt an improvement with my energy levels with the first hour after my massage. I look forward to benefiting from future massages.


Luke Bulian was absolutely brilliant! I highly recommend and am looking forward to my next massage.


I first saw Lizzie about a year ago now after reading the exceptional reviews and recommendations, and to say I was impressed was an understatement. Lizzie is a massage goddess! She can tell where I’m tight and muscles that need working on just by looking at me, and the difference I feel after massage/dry needling with her is incredible. I see her religiously every week now and there is no one else I trust more with my body, especially given my intense training regime and the importance of me being in top shape. She genuinely cares about her clients and is also one of the most loveliest people you will ever meet. I look forward to our sessions every week and could not recommend her higher. Would give 6 stars if I could!


Very impressed with Luke! He listened to what I felt was wrong and then worked appropriately to loosen up my chest and shoulders. A couple of sessions and I feel great!


I have had a pregnancy massage with Lizzie and Salena, both were amazing. I highly recommend.


After reading her 5 star reviews on Facebook I decided to book in for a remedial massage & glad to say it was the best massage I’ve ever had!!! I went to Lizzie with tight muscles & knots & she worked her magic & soothed my whole body. There were muscles in my body I didn’t even know I was having dramas with until after when I could actually move pain free! She is so down to earth & friendly too - Amazing!


I had a Sports Massage by Luke. I'm a cyclist and have all the tightness and pain that comes with that. He really hits the spots and I feel a lot looser. I will definitely be back.


Wow ... thank you sooo much for the amazing massage today Lizzy. You are one talented lady with special hands. Cannot recommend Lizzy enough. Feeling great and will be even better tomorrow and the next day. So relaxing and very professional. Lovely studio and nice environment.


If you want a massage that fixes up your knots and niggles, you must go to Knots and Niggles! I always have a tight back due to the nature of my work and getting a massage here makes both my back and me feel so good. I can sit straight and get through the work week much easier. Very professional team and they make you feel very comfortable too.


Lizzie has been working on me for a few sessions now. She's amazing! Professional, witty, down to earth. With her additional skills with Dry Needling and Cupping I'm well and truly on the way to feeling like I did 4yrs ago pre injury. Highly recommend for your remedial massage cure.


Excellent therapeutic treatment and a real focus on getting the most out of your session.


Had a great 1 hr massage with Salena! Feel so much better, will be back in future.


Don't let this perfectly accurate review of Lizzie's incredible knowledge and magical skills make your mind up on whether or not you want to book an appointment asap with her - Go and see and feel for yourself! Her skill to pin point where you're feeling pain throughout your body is ridiculously accurate. Stop wasting your money elsewhere and do yourself a tremendous favour and BOOK NOW with Lizzie. Lizzie is phenomenal! 5 Stars from me!!!


I went and saw Lizzie because of scar and adhesion issues. She was very knowledgeable, and I felt at ease straight away. I felt so comfortable and relaxed! Finally, some blood flow and I had this warm belly feeling that was just amazing! Highly recommend seeing Lizzie.


It takes a lot for my fiance Matt to say that he had a really good massage, he's pretty hard to impress...but that's what he came home and said to me after he went to see Lizzie! Highly recommend her, she's a wonderful person inside and out, she loves what she does and it shows. Thankyou! I now have a knot and niggle-free fiancé.


I love Lizzy’s massages. She’s the one person I trust entirely to make me feel better and allow me to continue to massage every week. Thanks Lizzy for making me feel human.


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