Our osteopath, Dr Kate Foord and massage therapist, Jing Ma have now joined Dr Sam Nevins in offering dry needling as part of their osteopathy and massage treatments. Like Sam, their treatments will fundamentally remain the same and will be enhanced by dry needling where they deem appropriate for specific patients. See our frequently asked questions for more details.
Dry needling FAQ
What is dry needling?
Dry needling is an effective treatment for your myofascial pain and dysfunction. Our osteopath or massage therapist will place a thin, sterile needle directly into and/or around your trigger point, which is a discrete, irritable point in your muscle.
How does dry needling work?
Dry needling works by a complex series of neurological events including neurological reflexes and nerve de-sensitisation, blocking pain transmission in your spinal cord. Dry needling releases neuropeptides such as CGRP and histamine allowing your blood vessels to dilate. This increases the blood flow to pain region and allows your damaged tissues to heal.
What are the benefits of dry needling?
- Decrease muscle tension
- Decrease pain
- Increase range of motion in joints
- Improved healing
- Tissue regeneration
- Improved sleep and relaxation
What conditions does it assist?
Dry needling is safe to treat people of all ages and can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Shoulder tension
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Back pain
- Frozen shoulder
- Tennis elbow
- Hamstring tension
- Knee pain
- Calf muscle tension
- Ankle inversion sprains
- Tendinopathies including achilles, supraspinatus and biceps
How many sessions will be required?
The number of sessions required will vary from patient-to-patient and depending on your condition. Your osteopathy or massage therapist will discuss the estimated time-frame with you.
Does it hurt?
Dry needling is usually pain-free. However, when the needle is inserted into the trigger point you may feel a light prick. On deep insertion of the needle, you may experience a deep ache or a tingling. This is completely normal and occurs as a result of trigger point stimulation.
To further enhance the effect of dry needling your osteopath or remedial massage therapist may gently twist the needle, which can result in a deep ache. It is important that if at any time the pain is too intense that you tell your practitioner so that the needle can be removed.
Are the needles sterile?
Yes. The needles are sterile, single use and individually wrapped to prevent infection. Our practitioners also follow a strict safety protocol to prevent infection and cross-contamination.
Is dry needling the same as acupuncture?
Whilst the needles may look the same dry needling and acupuncture are very different.
Acupuncture involves inserting fine, sterile needles into acupoints, which are found along the body’s meridians. It is a whole body treatment used to treat energy blockages (Qi) and disturbances in various bodily systems. (Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association)
Whilst many trigger points have a corresponding acupoint, dry needling is only used to treat pain as a result of myofascial trigger points.
How do I book an appointment?
Call 9830 7044 to schedule an appointment with osteopaths, Dr Kate Foord and Dr Sam Nevins or with our remedial massage therapist, Jing Ma.