Dry needling is a low-risk, modern treatment that assists in pain management. It involves inserting thin and small, sterile needles into specific parts of the body where the patient feels pain, helping in the body’s recovery process.
While dry needling has many benefits, it may not be suitable for you. Contact the friendly and helpful team at The Whole Body Clinic for a personalised assessment today.
What is Dry Needling?
As the name implies, dry needling doesn’t involve any liquid or medication being injected. Typically used in areas of knotted or tight muscles known as myofascial trigger points, dry needling increases blood circulation which allows the body to start its own healing process. The needles are inserted for a short time, but the benefits last a lot longer! After the needle is gently and carefully manipulated, the tissues are then relaxed, resulting in reduced soreness and tension.
What Conditions Can Dry Needling Treat?
Dry needling targets trigger points in the sore or tight area, releasing tension and inflammation. This improves tissue healing and restores muscle function. As the needles are so small, they target pain and discomfort very effectively It can also be used for whole body conditions like fatigue, making it a holistic treatment. Dry needling can assist in conditions such as:
- Low back pain and tension
- Tennis elbow and minor sports injuries
- Muscular strains
- Spinal issues
- Joint dysfunction
- Neck pain
- Knee pain
The Benefits of Dry Needling
There are many benefits to dry needling. These include:
Improved range of motion- As dry needling reduces inflammation in the body, this releases tension and pain, allowing you to move freely and comfortably.
Safety- Dry needling uses sterile, dry needles to decrease side effects. Bleeding and bruising at the insertion site is rare, and dry needling is a low-risk treatment.
Quick healing- As the body initiates its own healing process after starting dry needling treatment, pain relief comes quickly and is accompanied by faster restoration of function and mobility.
Preciseness- It targets particular muscles and trigger points so that it can help the affected areas recover faster, as they’re treated directly.
Natural treatment- Dry needling is a holistic treatment that promotes healing throughout the body, and is natural in that it stimulates your own body’s natural healing responses.
Complementary to other treatments- Dry needling can be used in combination with other therapies such as physiotherapy.
Can Dry Needling Complement Osteopathy?
Dry needling goes well with osteopathy as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. While osteopathy and other treatments work well individually, there may be niggling areas they can’t reach, which is where dry needling can come in.
Dry needling is very precise, whereas osteopathy offers assistance to large areas of the body. Put together, these therapies can stretch out and poke into just about any muscle group in the body. Using dry needling and osteopathy together can effectively treat multiple areas at once.
After dry needling treatment, soft tissue release techniques combined with joint mobilisation used by osteopathy will increase the results of dry needling. This improves effectiveness of both techniques and results in faster recovery, helping you get back to doing what you love without pain.
Looking For Dry Needling in Brisbane?
If you’re considering dry needling as an option for your treatment and recovery, we hope this article has been helpful. At The Whole Body Clinic, we offer dry needling as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with other therapies, helping you to reduce pain and increase your quality of life. Click here to book an appointment today!