Also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling or Western medical acupuncture uses solid filiform needles that are inserted into the skin and muscle directly into a trigger point. Trigger points or “knots” are areas of hyperirritability in the fascia surrounding the muscle tissue and are a common cause of pain.
Dry needling reduces pain and muscle tension and accelerates rehabilitation. Not only in the release of trigger points but also via a process called “neuromodulation” which changes the way that the brain and central nervous system interpret pain signals from the affected tissues.
Dry needling is one technique that is part of the greater treatment plan. If you are considered suitable for dry needling it will be used as part of your osteopathic appointment.