Dry Needling Therapy
Dry Needling Therapy (DNT) sometimes referred to as Myofascial Dry Needling (MDN) is offered at West Perth Osteopathy, used in conjunction with Osteopathic treatment or Remedial massage to optimise treatment outcomes. Needling involves fine needles, and may assist in the treatment and management of muscular pain, tightness and referral pain.
What is Dry Needling?
Muscle soreness is a common cause of pain often caused by trigger points (tender areas of muscle tissue). Inserting a fine needle into a trigger point has a neurological effect on the body helping to relax the muscle, improve joint mobility, enhance healing and ease pain and tenderness. Dry needling uses acupuncture needles to assist with muscular pain, however the philosophy and approach, is not related to Chinese Medicine acupuncture.
Dr Kate Locke
Dr Amanda Oosterweghel
Dr Deanne Mitchell
Dr Alan Rastelli
At this clinic dry needling is commonly used to treat shoulder pain, arm pain, elbow pain (tennis elbow/golfer’s elbow) low back pain, buttock pain, leg pain, knee pain, sprained ankles, plantar fasciitis and headaches. Electrotherapy is particularly well suited to acute conditions including low back pain, sciatic-type symptoms, and tennis elbow.
The needles used are of the highest quality, sterile, single use only and come in different widths and lengths. If it is your first time for dry needling and you “do not like needles”, our therapist will tailor appropriate needle treatment to specifically minimise any discomfort and alleviate any concerns you may have. You can also opt out of dry needling treatment at any point before or during the session.
Most people respond well to treatments, however, similarly to any manual therapy, some soreness can occur typically for 24-48 hours afterwards.
This will depend on the condition being treated, your medical history and outside factors that may influence outcomes (e.g. your ability to rest from any aggravating factors allowing the area to follow the healing process). The benefits of dry needling treatments are usually experienced within three to five sessions.
Yes. In a large study by Brady et al. (2003), it was found that dry needling had a very low percentage of serious outcomes (0.04%) showing that dry needling is very safe – especially when compared to serious adverse reactions from taking aspirin (18.7%) and Ibuprofen (13.7%).