Twitch Dry Needling Video Clip. Episode 12: Don’t forget the front. SCM Dry Needling

This video describes how I treat neck & shoulder tension using Dry Needling & a complimentary Manual Therapy technique.

Transcript

How to safely apply dry needling for patients with neck & shoulder tension, 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.

Welcome to the twitch dry needling video training series where I’ll show you a fantastic dry needling technique followed by a manual therapy technique to get great results for your patients, every time.

One of the most common presentations that we see in practice as manual therapists is patients who come in with neck pain, headaches or shoulder tension.

We’re all guilty of just looking at the back of the neck, we’ll look at the sub-occipitals and trapezius. But in those cases where you’ve got lingering problems, chronic problems that are not really resolving, always have a look at – in particular – other muscles the longus colli and the sternocleidomastoid. Have a look at those two muscles whether the condition is chronic or not, they’re going top give your patients great results, not just looking at the back of the neck .

So let’s have a look at needing to sternocleidomastoid first and then follow up with a manual therapy technique. So let’s have a look at that.

Okay, so looking at sternocleidomastoid that’s often loaded up with trigger points here because it’s often very tense and gets very good results once you have needled this muscle.

Once we’ve needled SCM, what else can we do as a manual therapy technique to follow up?

Let’s have a look at this sternocleidomastoid. This is a great technique for the sternocleidomastoid you’re either side of the belly here when the two heads off sternocleidomastoid have joined up and we’re here just on the mastoid process either side, we’re now stretching like that really very nice technique with some rotation and side bending. You can see that stretching along here very nice, just in here. Okay, that’s going to be a great technique for you to do after you’ve needled sternocleidomastoid and get great results for those stubborn neck pain, shoulder pain and headache patients .

Hope that helps

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