Caroline Arnold BSc(Hons) Applied Sports Therapy / Remedial Massage Therapist

Dry Needling

Caroline is now offering Orthopaedic dry needling in conjunction with her Massage and other manual therapy techniques

What is Dry Needling?  Dry needling is a neurophysiological evidenced based treatment technique, used in conjunction with Massage and other manual therapy techniques used to treat myofascial pain. A thin Acupuncture needle is inserted into a contracture knot or trigger point, the goal is to release or inactivate the trigger points (taught bands within muscles), muscular, and connective tissues for the management of pain and movement dysfunctions. This is shown to restore normal movement and muscle activation patterns as well as facilitation a reduction in swelling (oedema) and muscle spasm, which in turn restores proper alignment and enhancing total body function and balance.

How does dry needling work? There are mechanical and biomechanical effects. From studies by Tough et al (2009), Kalichman et al (2010), Dommerholt (2011), it is understood that inserting a needle into trigger points can cause favourable biochemical changes, release the body’s own natural pain relief, endorphins, which can reduce the pain response. It is important to elicit local twitch responses, which are spinal cord reflexes. This is the first step in breaking the pain cycle.

What types of problems can be treated with dry needling?  Dry needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Muscles are thought to be a primary contributing factor to the symptoms. Conditions can include neck, back and shoulder pain, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, headaches, including migraine and tension headaches, jaw pain, sciatica, hamstring and calf spasm, shin splints and spasms.

Is the procedure painful? Most patients do not feel the insertion of the needle. The local twitch response elicits a brief (less than a second) painful response. This may feel like an electric shock or a cramping sensation. This is the desired therapeutic response.

Are the needles sterile? YES, only single use sterile disposable needles are used.

What side effects could occur? Some patients may feel sore after the procedure.  This may last a few hours and typically is over the areas that have been treated

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22 Yarlside Road
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M – 10.00am and 6.00pm
W – 10.00am and 6.00pm
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Caroline is a highly qualified and experienced graduate Sports. Her examination, treatment and rehabilitation methods are based on research and sound clinical reasoning.

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