It is known that a number of painful symptoms are caused by the development of trigger points within the muscles and connective tissues of the body.  These can develop as a result of imbalances in the optimum functioning of the spine and peripheral joints, as a result of overuse or incorrect use of parts of the body, or as a result of direct injury.  These trigger points are capable of becoming a source of both local a referred pain.  Following the identification of these points, needling techniques are capable of deactivating them and thus reducing the pain associated with them.

Dry needling (acupuncture) is the use of sterilised needles for therapy of acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Conditions that often respond well to Dry Needling techniques include:

  • Headaches
  • Tennis elbow
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Repetitive strain injuries (RSI)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Hip pain
  • Sciatic Pain
  • Knee Pain

In general, much of dry needling is concerned with the treatment of muskulo skeletal disorders and is good for pain, especially pain in the muscles and joints. Pain alleviation does include some forms of arthritis.

When you visit your Osteopath, a detailed case history will be taken. This will be followed by a physical examination, and a diagnosis. From here the osteopath will discuss with you the most appropriate method of treatment for you and your condition.  Most Osteopaths who are trained in the use of needles use them as an adjunct to their more usual osteopathic treatment.  They will not use them in all cases and when they do perform acupuncture it will usually be in combination with manual techniques that help to complement osteopathy.  Should your osteopath wish to use this form of treatment your consent will be requested at all times.There will be no pressure to consent if you are unsure.

It should be understood that Osteopaths do not use needling techniques to form part of the training and education of Osteopaths in England.  Training of this nature is undertaken on a postgraduate level and is only available to previously qualified health care professionals. Shane Huggins is a qualified and registered Osteopath and has completed certified training courses and is qualified to use acupuncture needles as part of the treatment in conjunction with osteopathy.