Osteopathy and Dry Needling
At Bendigo Osteo our Osteopaths are trained in Dry Needling. It is one of many techniques used in their treatments and you will discuss with your Osteopath whether it is suitable for you.
What is Dry Needing?
Dry Needling is not acupuncture. Acupuncturist work on Traditional Chinese Medicine concept that energy can be restored through needling ‘energy channels’ called ‘meridians’. Dry Needling rather is based on an anatomical understanding of muscle health – which is what Bendigo Osteo practises.
Dry Needling involves introducing fine, sterile needles into myofacial trigger points (MTP). Over-used muscles develop these points (or ‘knots’) and they can cause referred pain and tenderness and poor muscle and nerve function. Trigger points are commonly seen in both acute and long term conditions. The aim of Dry Needling is to release these trigger points quickly and effectively by eliciting a twitch response – which re-sets the chemical imbalance between the muscles and nerves to cause an instant decrease in muscle tension and increases blood and nerve supply.
At Bendigo Osteo we believe Dry Needling is an effective way to treat the following conditions:
- Rotator cuff and shoulder issues
- Acute ligament strain (ankle, knee, wrist)
- Tennis elbow
- Wrist and RSI problems
- Chronic muscular tension that won’t ease
- Sciatic and gluteal pain
- Piriformis syndrome
- Jaw pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Sporting injuries
- Shin splints
- Hamstring and lower back problems
Is Dry Needling painful?
Most people don’t feel the needle pierce the skin, but it may be mildly uncomfortable when the needle enters a tight muscle. You may experience a twitch or muscle cramp or deep aching pain – this indicates that your muscle is about to relax. The pain is very brief (only a few seconds) and the release in muscle tension is almost instant. You may experience some muscle soreness in the next 24 hours – much like any other treatment and there may be some slight bruising.
Some people do not like the idea of Dry Needling – and that’s ok, there are plenty of other techniques our Osteopaths can use to treat the above areas of concern. The Osteopaths at Bendigo Osteo will discuss dry needling with you to make sure you are comfortable with it. If you want to try it out book an appointment with our osteopaths.