Dry needling techniques are used by several osteopaths in the practice, to enhance the effectiveness of their treatments. Also known as ‘Western Medical Acupuncture’ this differs from Traditional Acupuncture in that it is based on western medical thinking: conventional anatomy, physiology and pathology.
Dry needling stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle and can produce a variety of effects. We know that it increases the body’s release of natural painkillers – endorphin and serotonin – in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received.
As a general guide, if you are suffering from pain, needles may well improve your symptoms. Results can never be guaranteed; many people react very well to needling while some notice little change. For conditions such as neck and back pain, your chances of being helped are probably about 80%, with some people becoming completely free of pain. In addition, acupuncture often improves sleep, promotes relaxation, and results in a feeling of improved wellbeing.
The needles used are solid (not hollow) and extremely fine. All needles used in the practice are packed singly in sterile blisters and only used once. Needles may be removed after just a few seconds or may be left in place for up to several minutes. The patient's verbal consent will be sought before using acupuncture and patients have the option to decline.
No extra charge is made when dry needling is used in a treatment session.
Traditional Acupuncture is a complete system of medicine and can be used to treat a wide range of health conditions. However, the osteopaths here at The Broad Street Practice generally confine their dry needling techniques to the relief of musculoskeletal pain, for example – back, shoulder, neck and leg pain, and to treat headaches, migraines, trapped nerves, chronic muscle strains, sports injuries and various kinds of arthritic and rheumatic pain.