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DRY NEEDLING AND OSTEOPATHY

Osteopaths and physiotherapists' main focus is to help patients live a pain-free and comfortable existence.

Why should you expect anything else?

While you may be unfamiliar with seeking help or guidance from one of these health professionals, the chances are that at some point, a particular ache or nagging pain within the body will cause you to seek out this service for help.


Nobody and no body are perfect, after all.
At OsteoLDN, our team of osteopath professionals use various dedicated techniques and provide well-rounded guidance plans to help alleviate any nagging irritations or pains.

We want our clients to get back to their old active, healthy selves and more. One of these proposed techniques is dry needling, which by the sounds of it, causes alarm or an onset worry.

The word 'needle' tends to alarm most people, so if you're one of those types to jump at that word, you're not alone, and we understand entirely.

While it's a method that may sound initially scary or thought-provoking, the reality is that it's a very beneficial and minimally painful way to release tension in specific muscles.

The technique of dry needling is a safe and useful way for osteopaths to treat various body ailments.

So, before you go running for the hills, let's take a look at what dry needling is, how it works exactly, the conditions it can treat, and most importantly, does dry needling actually hurt?

WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING?

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Dry needling is an advantageous and modern technique used by various health professionals, especially osteopaths and physiotherapists.

It's used to treat different musculoskeletal conditions and is sometimes called 'trigger point dry needling', as it's used to release stubborn knots or trigger points.

The procedure is to place a thin needle into the skin and muscle, helping ease tension and target or release ailing trigger points within the body.

This can help lessen any muscular spasms or alleviate tight and knotted muscles that are signalling pain.

It sounds and looks quite similar to the likes of acupuncture, though its effectiveness and purpose are actually quite different.

Acupuncture is a popular Chinese medicine treatment that uses thin needles along meridian lines of the body to balance energy and restoring its general flow.

Dry needling is more of a westernised approach that caters to muscles' function and releasing tension through targeting trigger points.

HOW DOES DRY NEEDLING WORK?

As mentioned above, dry needling targets tense muscles in the body and helps relieve pressure and restore body functionality.

The procedure looks like this:

A health professional pierces a thin needle in the skin and in specific trigger points or muscular tissue, which then induces a signal to the brain and therefore the body; ultimately repairing injured tissue, relieving knots and hopefully improving troublesome pain.

The procedure is often fairly quick, so you're not stuck with needles in you for too long a period - seconds to a few minutes. 24 hours after, pain likely decreases or ultimately eases, and mobility begins to slip back into motion.

For long-term effects to take place, dry needling usually needs to be repeated a few times, potentially once a week for the next few weeks.

While this is common practice, each case and patients' treatment plan are different and unique to them and their condition, so it is best to speak to an osteopath for singular guidance.

WHAT CONDITIONS DOES DRY NEEDLING TREAT, AND WHO CAN BENEFIT?

There are many conditions that osteopaths use dry needling to treat. It's not the go-to method for every ache and pain, though its benefits are proven successful for specific ailments. So, for those who fall into this appropriate dry needling category, this treatment method comes highly recommended.

From headaches to accident-induced trauma, the precise insertion of the thin needle can make a real impact on your day-to-day.

So, before you go off on a tangent thinking you are destined to irritating body pain forever, ask an osteopath about whether dry needling is something that can benefit you.

Here's a list of some conditions that the practice of dry needling can help:

  • Chronic headache or migraine sufferers
  • Sciatica
  • Persistent neck or back pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hip or knee pain
  • Recurring or ongoing trauma pain – perhaps from a car or bike accident
  • Tendinitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Shin splints
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Shoulder pain or shoulder mobility issues
Contact a member of our experienced team of osteopaths and physiotherapists for more information on the above or to arrange a chat about your specific pain and requirements.
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DOES DRY NEEDLING HURT?

Ah, the most common and understandable question of all, does dry needling hurt?

Well, the initial prick of the needle into the affected muscle can cause a bit of a twitch or prickly sensation. However, the pain is often very brief, minimal and light.

Unlike the needles used for blood work or vaccinations, the needles for dry needling are incredibly slim and less abrasive.

Of course, suppose the muscle the needles inserted into is extremely sensitive or tense. In that case, you'll feel the twitch stronger, but it won't be intense pain.

If you think dry needling can help heal your particular body pain but are typically afraid of needles, I wouldn't be too overly concerned about the feeling of discomfort or expect it to mimic the prick of a flu jab.

Though you may still feel an initial twinge, the benefits of the procedure far outweigh the minor pain.

There is minimal risk in dry needling as well. However, it must be carried out by a professional who has studied and practised the treatment.

If you'd like to book a consultation or ask the OsteoLDN team any questions about your condition and the effects of dry needling, we would be happy to help you on your journey to living your best and most mobile life.
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