Twitch Dry Needling Video Clip. Episode 10: Segmental Dry Needling

This video describes how I treat lateral elbow pain using Dry Needling & a complimentary Manual Therapy technique.

Transcript

How to safely apply dry needling for patients with lateral elbow pain and follow up with a great manual therapy technique to get great results for your patients every time.

These Dry Needling Techniques should only be applied by trained therapists who have completed an accredited course.

Okay, I’m going to share with you a really great technique for anyone with lateral elbow pain. What do we do for that? Obviously, you can focus in on the elbow, but everybody does that, what else can we do?

Have a look at the same science as erector spinae and multifidi/rotatores, so we’re looking at C5, 6 level, dry needling followed up by manual therapy technique,

So, we’re going to be doing a technique right into the bottom of the neck round here and that’s going to be your dry needling technique.

Already getting some great twitches in here, so, we’re assuming of course, that we’re getting a problem on that right side, but the problem is in the elbow.

Now, lie on your back for me, so, now how do we follow that up with a great manual therapy technique for anyone with lateral elbow pain.

We’ll assume the problem is on this side. What I’m going to do now is open out the facets, the joints on that right side. So, basically, what I’m doing, the force is coming in from my left side here and I’m going to stretch out on the right side. So, force is coming in this way, opening out the facet joints on that side, on the right side there. Now, that’s going to be great at the C5 segmental level for the lateral elbow so, that’s focusing in on here. Go all the way along the articular pillar, you don’t have to focus in just on C5, 6, and of course this is a great technique also to be able to assess the cervical spine for restriction into side bending to the left in this case but also as a therapeutic technique for anyone with lateral elbow pain just like this. Opening that out and you can do this for round about a couple of minutes and of course, you can do the opposite on the other side, coming in on this side and opening out like that will open out the left side in this case.

So, that’s a great technique that you can follow dry needling up with, so, you’ve done dry needling to the neck, don’t follow everyone else, don’t become a sheep and follow everyone who’s going to look at the elbow. Everyone has done that, have a look at the neck from a segmental point of view and then open out so, open out cervical erector spinae, dry needling then open out the facet joint on the same side, hope that helps.

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