Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a technique used in the treatment of myofascial trigger points. This involves inserting a very thin, sterile needle into a muscle to produce a relaxation response. A trigger point is found within skeletal muscle and may feel like a ‘knot’ or tight spot. This can produce local pain, as well as referred pain. Dry needling not only deactivates trigger points, but also increases blood flow to affected muscles allowing a reduction in muscle spasm and increased healing.

What can I expect?

Our Osteopath, Nicole, will first take a comprehensive history and assessment to determine whether dry needling is a suitable approach 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.

Dry Needling and Osteopathy

Nicole uses 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