Dry Needling is used for the treatment of muscle pain and dysfunction. At Southside Osteopathy, Dry Needling is utilized as part of the Osteopathic treatment session.
It will not necessarily be used every time you see your osteopath, and likewise, if you prefer not to be Dry Needled, then just let your practitioner know.
The approach is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles and is not to be confused with Chinese Acupuncture. Dry Needling involves introducing fine, sterile acupuncture needles into “trigger points” of muscles. A trigger point is defined as a tight, irritable and painful spot within a muscle. Trigger points can cause referred pain or headaches, referred tenderness, poor muscle and nerve function and “autonomic” responses such as temperature and skin changes over the site of the problem. Trigger points are commonly seen in both acute and long term pain conditions. Dry Needling alleviates the symptoms of trigger points quickly and effectively by eliciting a twitch response. You may feel the twitch response as an odd cramp like sensation which then re-sets the chemical imbalance between the muscles and nerves to cause an instant decrease in muscle tension.
Dry Needling is commonly used for the treatment of:
- wry neck
- jaw pain
- headaches and migraines
- muscular tightness
- chronic pain syndrome
- sporting injuries
- compartment tightness and shin splints
- hamstring and lower back problems