Dry Needling - Using more than hands
Dry Needling is primarily focused on the reduction of pain and restoration of function through the release of myofascial trigger points within muscles.
A myofascial trigger point, also known as a knot in the muscle, is a group of muscle fibres which have shortened when activated but have not been able to lengthen back to a relaxed state after use.
How does it work
Dry Needling assists with decreasing local muscular pain and improving function through the restoration of a muscle's ability to lengthen and shorten normally by releasing myofascial trigger points.
This release can give a sensation of relief and lengthening of tissue, which is what many people present to us with.
When a fine filament needle is inserted into the centre of a myofascial trigger point, blood pools around the needle triggering the contracted muscle fibres to relax by providing those fibres with fresh oxygen and nutrients, as well as by flushing away any additional acidic chemicals. This, in turn, leads to the decompression of the local blood and nerve supply.
Who is it for
Dry Needling is one of many techniques that can be utilised by your Osteopath to assist with your rehabilitation. Dry Needling is often used in combination with other techniques including massage, manual therapy, and exercise prescription.
We use this for people struggling with:
- Muscular pain and fatigue
- Persistent pain
- Tendinopathy and other tendon based issues
- Re-occurring injuries
What to bring
It helps your initial assessment if you can change down to your underwear, however, if it is more practical to wear a pair of shorts or leggings and a comfortable vest top, then that is fine too.
Gowns are available on request; please feel free to ask your Osteopath for one.