Over the weekend of the 23/24th of February, Principle Four Osteopath Jarrod Testa attended the Manual Medicine Australiasia level one myofascial dry needling and cupping course. This course was held at the Australian Shiatsu College, by John Marshall. John is an Osteopath and Acupuncturist, who works and teaches in Australia and Internationally.
Dry needling is the practice of inserting a needle through the skin into the muscle belly. Areas covered in the level one course included the upper and lower limb, neck, shoulder girdle, back and abdomen, basically everywhere in the body excluding the head. Dry needling is typically used by Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Myotherapists, Sports therapists and Massage therapists.
The major mechanism through which dry needling is thought to have effect is diffuse noxious inhibitory control. In plain terms, this means that “pain inhibits pain”. So, another painful stimulus (the needle) overrides the local feeling of pain/sensitivity, leading to a decreased pain output for a duration of time. Whilst being needled, the need to lay perfectly still is also highly therapeutic, and can work wonders for decreasing pain exacerbated by situational stress/ anxiety.
At Principle Four Osteopathy, our number one priority is to promote active care for our patients. Symptom modification is generally the first step we take as practitioners as part of the treatment plan and get them back to their goals. Dry needling is a great way to temporarily modify symptoms, so that we can limit pain temporarily whilst showing the patient they can be active. Whether that be to get the patient generally moving, or being able to load them up through graded resistance training.
It’s important to note that there isn’t an amount of manual therapy that can “cure” any condition, however it’s a great tool to implement as part of an individualised treatment plan.
Overall, the course was great and highly practical. This is another tool that we are able to implement in order to help our patients achieve their goals.
This blog post was written by osteopath Jarrod Testa of Principle Four Osteopathy. Jarrod currently works out of Principle Four Osteopathy on Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays. Read more about Jarrod here.
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