Dry Needling is a form of treatment that is offered at Coffs Coast Osteopathy. Dry needling involves the use of sterile single use acupuncture needles into a specific section of the muscle that is often tight.
How does it work?
The needle works by deactivating and releasing the myofascial trigger points (an overactive muscles or knot) which may create problems. Once inserted into the trigger point, blood pools around the needle which allows the contracted muscle fibres to relax. The fresh blood rushes into the muscle bringing nutrients and oxygen, while flushing away any waste products and acidic chemicals. These trigger points are also thought to have a neural component to them, providing a key way to reduce local pain, increase motor control and therefore improve overall function.
The best injuries and conditions for dry needling may include:
- muscle strains – calf, hamstring, quad
- ligament strains
- hip bursitis
- tension in the shoulders
- lower back pain
- tennis & golfers elbow
- shin splints or plantar fasciitis
The benefits of dry needling may include:
- the release of tightness in the muscles
- increase flexibility of the muscle
- improve joint range of motion
- reduce stiffness in the muscle by removing the waste products in the muscle
- speeds up recovery
- decrease pain with the release of neurotransmitters into the muscle which can help
block pain information being sent to the brain.
Dry needling is a treatment modality that is used by our Osteopath Dennie Woodward, she finds it works great in conjunction with osteopathic treatment.