“We look at the body in health as meaning perfection and harmony, not in one part, but in the whole.”
-A.T. Still MD, DO
Dry needling is a great conjunctive therapy to Osteopathy or Massage Therapy.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a treatment that uses fine filament needles. Sore and tense muscles often have tight spots known as ‘trigger points’. When muscles develop trigger points, nerves that supply these muscles become over-active causing tension in surrounding blood vessels, joints and soft tissues.
Dry needles are used to release trigger points, which relax the muscles to improve nerve conduction and blood supply. The goal is to permanently reduce muscle pain and spasm, improve range of motion, and therefore improve overall function.
When would I need Dry Needling?
Dry Needling can be used for a number of conditions. After consultation with an Osteopath or Massage Therapist, we can determine whether Dry Needling is suitable.
Trigger points develop in muscles secondary to various stresses, such as:
- Postural problems
- Long term pain
- Sporting activities
- Repetitive movements
Does Dry Needling Hurt?
Patients often feel a cramping sensation from a twitch response but then feel an immediate improvement of their symptoms.