Unlocking the benefits of dry needling.

13 November 2023

Unlocking the benefits of dry needling.

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Vanessa demonstrating dry needling for tennis elbow.

Hey there! I’m Vanessa and as an Osteopath I am always looking at ways which I can help my patients to improve their wellbeing.  That is why I decided to qualify in dry needling. 

You maybe new to the concept of dry needling. So here is some information to help you decide whether you would like to have it included in your next treatment.

What is it?

Dry needling is a technique used where a small needle is inserted into a trigger point or taut band of muscle. It helps to reduce pain.

What is a Trigger Point?

A trigger point is an area of hypersensitive muscle. It can cause muscle tension, dysfunction and pain. And it can also limit joint ranges of movement.

How can dry needling benefit me?

There are several benefits which may be achieved:

Pain reduction – When a needle is inserted in to the muscle, endorphins are released. This helps to interrupt the pain cycle.

  • Improved range of motion – By putting a needle into a trigger point, normal muscle function may be restored. This will help to improve muscle flexibility and joint mobility.
  • Soft tissue healing – When a dry needle is inserted in to a muscle, a response occurs which stimulates muscle fibres and causes a relaxation in the muscle.  Due to the muscle relaxing an increase in blood flow and oxygen occurs which aids in tissue healing.

Dry needling in association with osteopathy may help provide relief from:

  • Headaches
  • Shoulder and rotator cuff pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Chronic neck and low back pain
  • Hip and knee pain
  • Tendonitis/tendinopathy
  • Sports injuries – overuse injuries

Will it hurt me and are there any side effects?

When dry needling is done by a qualified healthcare practitioner it is considered a safe and therapeutic technique.  As with any medical procedure there are potential side effects to be considered, which include discomfort during treatment or post treatment soreness which could last for up to 24 hours. Bruising at the needle site can sometimes happen too.

If you’re considering dry needling as part of your osteopathic treatment plan, you can schedule an appointment with me at Bodyfix Clinic on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

To book an appointment with Vanessa, you can either book online by clicking here or call Reception on 0208 394 0393.

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