Dry Needling Therapy. A Great Combo.

Dry Needling Therapy. A Great Combo.Whether you’re a Physio, Osteo, Chiro, Myo or anyone else who uses Dry Needling therapy together with other techniques and skills, Dry Needling is a great combo.

What I mean by this is that Dry Needling together with massage, mobilisation, articulation, HVLA, electrotherapy, cupping or other manual therapy techniques works really well.

I’m often asked how to integrate Dry Needling therapy into my treatment. The answer is really quite simple. If you work on a 30 minute list, you’ll have plenty of time to locate the area you wish to needle, prepare the needles you wish to use and prepare yourself for needling your patient.

You have 2 options:

  1. Insert the needles into the area you wish to work on and leave them there for 5-7 minutes. You can then either leave the treatment room or stay, the choice is yours. Or, try the Combo…
  2. You can insert the needles into the area you wish to work on and work on a remote area that also needs treatment but will not affect the needles you have inserted.
Option 1 is straight forward & requires no further explanation.

Option 2  requires a degree of thinking and planning. Depending on the target tissue, you will need to choose the best position for your patient to lie in. This position must also allow you to work on the secondary area of treatment.

Some common combinations include: (these combinations can also be reversed as required)
  • Medial calf DNT & thoracic extension mobilisation. Patient prone.
  • Hamstring DNT & periscapular sof tissue massage. Patient prone.
  • Gmedius DNT & trapezius stretching. Patient prone.
  • VMO DNT & sub-occipital massage. Patient supine.
  • Tibialis anterior DNT & lateral glide articulation of radio-humeral joint. Patient supine.
  • Quadratus Plantae DNT & Cervical Traction. Patient supine.
It’s always important to ensure that you don’t cause the patient to move suddenly or abruptly once the needles are in. Sudden jerks or quick movements may cause the needles to bend and may give rise to pain.

My advice is to use option (1) before attempting option (2) if you’re new to DNT.

Dr Wayne

Dry Needling Courses in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide & Perth.

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