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Osteopathy with dry needling 

Dry needling is a technique involving fine filament needles, (similar to those used in acupuncture) it’s application is used to release myofacial trigger points (MTP) and tight muscles.  

Nicole, Kathryn and Lachlan have observed that dry needling, when combined with osteopathy is an effective way to treat the following conditions:

  • Rotator cuff and shoulder issues

  • Acute ligamentous strain (ankle, knee, wrist)

  • Tendinitis

  • Tennis elbow

  • Wrist and RSI problems

  • Chronic muscular tension

  • Sciatic and gluteal pain

  • Piriformis syndrome

MTPs can be very painful, resulting in a localised palpable lump in the muscle or what is more commonly referred to as a ‘Knot’. When active and sensitive they can cause a very specific referral of pain to another location in your body.

Shortened muscles feel tight, work less efficiently and put extra pressure on the tendons that attach the muscle to the bone. When this muscle becomes chronically irritated and shortened the tendon often becomes irritated as well and may progress to tendonitis.

By placing the needles in either a shortened muscle or a MTP it stimulates a healing response to release and lengthen or deactivate and desensitize the affected muscle.  By doing so it reduces pain referral and associated irritation to tendons.

Is dry needling painful?

Most people don’t feel the needle pierce the skin, but it can be slightly uncomfortable when the needle enters a tight muscle.  You may experience a twitch or muscle cramp, this is a great sign as it indicates that your muscle is about to relax.

Are there any side effects?

The most common side effect associated with dry needling is muscular soreness and occasional bruising. If soreness lasts longer than a couple days please give the clinic a call on 03 9042 0407.

Osteopathy and dry and needling

Many different forms of manual therapists use dry needling, what makes osteopathy and in particular Eastern Osteopathy different, is our application of dry needling. It is used in association with our osteopathic principles and philosophy. We will continue to assess and diagnoses each individual patient, aim to find the true cause of your pain and develop a treatment plan accordingly.  Both Dr Kathryn Johns, Dr Nicole Cukierman and Dr Lachlan Cossens use dry needling as a part of there osteopathic treatment. They are both continually amazed at the response they get when combining osteopathy with dry needling.


If you have any questions regarding the use of dry needling in your treatment, please contact Kathryn, lachlan OR Nicole on (03) 9042 0407.