Looking for Dry Needling in Berwick?
What is dry needling?
Dry needling is a technique used by some osteopaths to combat muscle pain and tightness. The technique involves placing small, single filament needles into the area of tightness or pain. This stimulates the muscle, improves blood flow, and creates a local contraction in the muscle. This is comparable to the effect that massage and soft tissue therapy produces, however it is far more local to the point in which the needle is placed.
Dry needling is used in the treatment of muscle “trigger points” – areas of muscle which might feel lumpy or nodular and are locally painful. (Sometimes referred to as “knots”). Trigger points can arise due to an area of muscle that is not receiving appropriate levels of oxygen. By stimulating the muscle, blood flow and hence oxygen, is increased.
Some of our osteopaths have undertaken further study to be able to practice dry needling.
Ask our administration staff who practices this if you are requiring dry needling, so we can make sure you are booked in with the correct practitioner.
What conditions can Dry Needling be used to treat?
Dry needling is used in conjunction with other Osteopathic techniques to treat a wide variety of conditions. It may be used on most muscular conditions, however, after a thorough examination and assessment, your osteopath will advise you if your condition is not suitable for needle treatment.
How does it differ from Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is based on Chinese Medicine principles, which involves special Acupuncture points correlating to various conditions throughout the body. Dry needling involves treatment of a specific muscle, with the intention to reduce tightness and pain. Many of the Acupuncture and known Trigger point locations do correlate, so sometimes treatment may seem similar, whereas other times it may seem quite different
- Tennis/Golfers elbow
- Shoulder complaints
- Gluteal tendinopathy
- Shin splints
- Stress related pain
- Chronic Low Back pain
- Sports Injuries
- Many More