By Evan Midford, Website & Social Media Coordinator

The Gokavi Transverse Technique (GTT), a form of dry needling, uses acupuncture needles to release tight muscles. When the muscle releases, it can increase function and strength of a muscle, while also decreasing pain. This treatment has shown to be beneficial in assisting a variety of musculoskeletal issues. 

Sport Manitoba’s Physical Therapist, Holly Allen, is a strong believer in the benefits of GTT. Holly performs GTT in Sport Manitoba’s Clinic and is booking appointments to the public now! 


How does it work?

An acupuncture needle creates a twitch response in the muscle. This twitch response allows the muscle to relax, which can decrease pain, increase function and increase flexibility in the muscle. Because the acupuncture needle is able to transverse the muscle, a deep release can be achieved. 


What can be treated with GTT?
  • Various types of sports injuries such as muscular strains (groin, hamstring, neck)
  • Overuse injuries in sports such as running, swimming, skiing and cycling
  • Sciatic pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Back Pain
  • Whiplash
  • Plantar Fasciitis 


What are some of the advantages of GTT?
  • Large treatment areas can be treated in a shorter period of time
  • During consecutive therapy sessions, less needling is required
  • Fewer treatments are required, and time between sessions can be longer
  • Immediate results 
  • The needle’s transverse orientation reduces the risk of injury
  • Dry needling pain and post treatment soreness is decreased


Are you a good candidate for GTT?

GTT should be considered if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Muscle shortening causing pain
  • Muscle soreness that persists
  • Joint range of motion loss
  • Muscle trigger points causing pain
  • Delay in the onset of pain after a precipitating injury


You can book your dry needling or other services appointments online or by calling the Sport Manitoba Clinic at (204) 925-5944.