Dry needling is a treatment technique whereby a small filament type needle (similar to an acupuncture needle) is inserted into a latent trigger point in a muscle. The aim is to encourage the tight muscle to release and ultimately reduce muscle pain and dysfunction.Dry needling can achieve the same muscle release as osteopathic trigger point technique or remedial massage but in less than half the time.
At Valley Osteopathy, dry needling will be used as an adjunct to treatment if requested from our qualified dry needling practitioners. It will be incorporated in to an extended consult.
Why use dry needling?
Dry needling is generally more efficient when treating large muscle areas. It can also reach trigger points found in the deep muscle layers, which an osteopath’s fingers simply cannot reach. It is fantastic for treating muscles that are not responding to conventional osteopathic treatment.
Does it hurt?
Every care is taken to ensure you are always comfortable throughout any treatment. When it comes to utilising dry needling it is usually due to the fact that your muscle is shortened and sensitive, and has active trigger points. There is generally no discomfort as the needle penetrates the skin. Once it penetrates the sore muscle, you will generally feel a sensation similar to a muscle cramp, or what we call the ‘twitch response’. This is a fantastic diagnostic indicator to assist us in getting to the cause of your symptoms.
Following treatment, patients generally report a slight ache in the muscle. This usually subsides within a day or two.
Is it safe?
Our dry needling practitioners are qualified and recognised by Osteopathy Australia.
All Australian hygiene protocols are strictly adhered to. The needles used are always new and are never shared.
It is recommended that pregnant women in their first trimester do not receive dry needling as part of their treatment. This is due to the fact that their bodies are highly sensitised and could react unfavourably.
If at any time you feel uncomfortable with this treatment, then please inform your practitioner and they will stop immediately. Every person and every body is different, and we accommodate the individual every time.