Many of our patients have had some form of needling in the past, but quite often are unaware that there are two distinct modalities that encompass the use of needles. Needling generally involves a stainless steel needle which can range from 30-70mm in length and vary in thickness as well, penetrating through the skin. The needle used just depends on the target area/structure and how deep within the body it lies.
Dry needling involves targeting myofascial trigger points, or muscle ’knots’ throughout the body.
Needles may be left in the muscle for a period of time or pushed in and out, theorised to stimulate the muscle obtaining a local ‘twitch response’ and allow the muscle to relax and increase flexibility.
Acupuncture, however, don’t focus solely on ‘knot’s’, rather encompasses an Ancient Chinese method of following our bodies ‘Meridians’. These Meridians might be looked at as our bodies energy pathways. The reason for needling meridian paths is to facilitate the bodies healing process.
Osteopaths, Physical therapists and Massage therapists commonly undergo additional training to perform dry needling; acupuncture is performed generally by Chinese Medicine practitioners and requires licensing.
Osteopathic treatment is directed at addressing the underlying causes for your pain. This may be through improving imbalances or weakness of upper extremity muscles, improving overall posture and personalised home care advice – rehabilitation and strengthening. If you would like to give dry needling a try, be sure to chat to our friendly reception staff when making a booking!
You do not need a referral from your GP or specialist to make an appointment, call Blackburn Osteopathy reception on 9878 3122 or book in online.