Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is a form of treatment that is used treat a variety of acute and chronic pains. This involves inserting a very thin, sterile needle into a muscle’s ‘trigger point’ to produce a relaxation response. A “trigger point” is a tender spot in the skeletal muscle that may produce radiating pain and tightness when pressure is applied.

What are the benefits of Dry Needling?

By inserting the needling through a trigger point, it deactivates the trigger point resulting in a reduction of muscle spasms within the muscle. This technique also increases the blood flow towards the affected area which allows blood cells and growth factors to enter the affected area and enhance the healing process.

What is Electrotherapy Dry Needling?

Electrotherapy Dry Needling has been considered to be more effective than regular Dry Needling. This procedure involves connecting the needles to an Acupuncture Stimulator that emits a very small amount of electrical stimulation. Pain relief may occur in a more rapid time frame than traditional dry needling, with the results lasting for longer duration due to the continual stimulation of the needles.

What can I expect?

Two of our Osteopaths, Jasmine & Annelise, are competent in dry needling and will first take a comprehensive history and assessment to determine whether dry needling or electrotherapy dry needling are suitable approaches for your condition. The needle itself is very thin and therefore you may or may not feel its insertion. You may experience a short feeling of muscle cramp or twitch, followed by relaxation. Some individuals describe a warm sensation that occurs during the treatment – this may be due to the increased blood flow to the affected area.

Is Dry Needling safe?

Dry needling is a very safe form of treatment. At By Design Holistic Health, our practitioners only use single-use, pre-packaged, stainless steel needles to ensure a sterile and safe application. Bleeding and bruising at the insertion site is very uncommon, however, patients may notice redness in the area that may last for a few hours.

Severe side effects are very rare; but the most serious condition is that of pneumothorax. Mainly due to poor practitioner technique, this occurs when the needle pierces the lungs causing a partial or full collapse. All of our practitioners at By Design Holistic Health have extensive understanding of the anatomy and dry needling ensuring that our practice of dry needling is safe.

Dry needling and Osteopathy

Jasmine & Annelise use dry needling in combination with other Osteopathic modalities such as soft tissue massage and stretching, to further enhance treatment outcomes.
This approach may lead to the effective management of:
  • Headaches
  • Low back pain
  • Sporting injuries
  • Postural issues
  • Muscular pain
  • Neurogenic pain

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