Southampton Osteopath, Ed Webb, offers Dry Needling from our Bedford Place studio
What is dry needling?
The popular treatment of dry needling (as opposed to wet needling such as Botox, corticosteroids, anaesthetics etc), also known as western or medical acupuncture, is frequently used by health care professionals such as osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors and even some GPs.
By effectively isolating problem areas on the body, namely myofascial trigger points, the therapist can deliver fine acupuncture needles intramuscularly. Several studies have shown immediate improvements in pain and/or disability by targeting trigger points in this way, and there is no shortage of clients and patients who can advocate the outstanding effects of this ever-popular treatments.
How does Dry needling it work?
The proposed mechanism of dry needling involves the mechanical disruption of the integrity of dysfunctional endplates, alterations in the length and tension of muscle fibres and stimulation of mechanoreceptors, increased muscle blood flow and oxygenation, and endogenous opioid release affecting peripheral and central sensitization, among others.
What on earth does that all mean I hear you say?
Essentially, dry needling therapy induces a stimulatory effect on the body’s tissues, which helps kickstart the body’s own painkilling and healing capabilities; amazing right? Osteopaths amongst many other practitioners and therapists have known for a long time about the internal powers our bodies possess to heal themselves, our job is merely to bring about and facilitate this change and reach equilibrium.
We would like to welcome Ed to the team of YOU Massage and Therapy Centre.
Whether you’re an office worker or a sports person, Ed’s treatment can help you! Working across London and the South, he has gained valuable experience in treating treating a wide variety of patients, such as the homeless, chronically ill, pregnant women, the elderly and children. Furthermore he is also a fully qualified personal trainer, dry needling therapist and sports massage therapist to complement and enhance his treatment approach.
Plenty of people feel confused about where to turn to when they have pain. With so many choices available it’s important to know who’s who and what they can do. Health and safety Executive (2016/17) states that 507,000 workers suffered from work-related musculoskeletal disorders and 45% of the disorders were from upper limbs or neck. Millions of work days are lost per year due to injuries.
Each therapist is unique, and the education varies between different practitioners. But most importantly their main goal is to ensure you are living your life to the fullest pain free. Different types of treatments suit different people and depending on your condition it’s important to find the most suited professional for your needs.
Chiropractic care – you either love or hate it. In history they’ve been known as bone crackers and this can create some unease for people who haven’t tried it before.
Although they are defined as Neuromuscular specialists the scope of practice is classified as an ‘alternative medicine’. To become a chiropractor in the UK, 5 years of training is required before practising. There is emphasis on treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders, manual therapy and adjustments are used. There is a large focus on the function of the spine and the neuromuscular system of the body.
Types of treatment:
Rehab, massage, X-rays, ultrasound, and different manual techniques.
Common conditions that are treated:
Sciatica, migraines, herniated disk, chronic pain, neck and back pain.
Osteopathy was introduced in America before Chiropractic, there have been stories that the inventor of Chiropractic stole his theory. Now there is still some questions about the differences.
Osteopathy is also classed as an ‘alternative medicine’ and 4 years of education is needed before practising. Osteopathy treatment aims at preventing mechanical disorders by moving, stretching, and massaging a patient’s muscles and joints. A person’s wellbeing depends on the health of the individual’s bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.
Types of treatment:
Dry needling, soft tissue and articulation techniques.
Common conditions that are treated:
Arthritis, digestive problems, tennis elbow, neck and back pain.
Osteopathy is offered at our studio in Bedford Place, Southampton.
Physiotherapy aims at treating disease, injury, or deformity by using massage, exercise, and heat treatment without using drugs or surgery. There is a large emphasis on movement and increasing mobility in the joints to prevent further injury.
It’s most commonly practised within the NHS but also in private care. Minimal training required is 3 years, but some may extend their education further within a specific field. It’s a science-based therapy which treats neurological, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory conditions.
Types of treatment: Movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice.
Common conditions that are treated: Sport injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s, chronic heart disease, and asthma.
Massage therapy aims at enhancing a person’s wellbeing with manual manipulation of soft tissues of the body, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue. There are several different types of massage treatments available, but the two main groups are:
Rehabilitative massage: Sports massage, Deep tissue, medical, therapeutic or clinical massage.
Relaxation massage: Swedish massage, holistic massage, and reflexology.
The main purpose of massage is to relieve stress and tension from the body and mind. There are a lot of choices of massage, it’s important to find the type that suites you. Trigger points and soft tissue techniques are used to relieve pain and stress within the muscles.
Types of treatment:
Common conditions treated:
Headaches, frozen shoulder, strains and sprains, muscular pain, and tendinitis.
Exercise Related Pain
If you exercise, you will probably be familiar with exercise related pain on some level. Whether you have started something new to boost your health or happiness, or you are a seasoned sports person, pain is a common part of any exercise regime…’no pain no gain’ and ‘R.I.C.E’ are well known terms because of the frequency of sports related pain and injury.
Aches and pains don’t necessarily come with age or injury, although these can, for physiological reasons, increase your chances of feeling exercise related pain. It is also true that exercise can produce pain when injury is not present; more common when you have just started training, just increased your training, or you train quite a lot. Exercise induced pain without injury, is normally down to the delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS), which occurs when muscles swell during exercise and are required to repair to build new fibres post workout. This should pass within a few days and stretching and hot and cold showers can help your muscles to recover, and can be distinguished from persistent pain, that continues to raise its head.
So you have this niggling pain when you exercise; you’ve noticed it before and trained through it, a stretch or rest may help, but every time you train it comes back, it’s all part of the process, right?! NOT if it’s causing you either severe of persistent pain……
Hi, my name is Jane, I just wanted to introduce myself, I am the newest member of the team, here at You massage therapy. I hope see some of you, as I settle in. I bring a number of the skills to the team, I’m a registered osteopath, a sport and remedial massage therapist, a sports injury therapist and I have an extensive background in the health and fitness industry.
I just wanted to give you some information about myself and some of the treatments options that I have to offer;
Osteopathy is a system of assessing, diagnosing, treating and preventing a wide range of health problems. We believe how your body moves influences how it functions, through a wide variety of manual therapy techniques. Korr (1978) described manual therapy as the “Application of an accurately determined and specifically directed manual force to the body, to improve mobility in areas; in joints, in connective tissue or in skeletal muscles”.
Although osteopaths are well known for treating all manner of back pain, osteopaths are highly competent healthcare professionals and can treat all areas of the body , through a variety of techniques that may or may not include joint manipulations, joint articulations, ( aimed at improving range of motion, by repeatedly changing the restriction of barrier, reducing joint stiffness, contractures and pain), muscle energy techniques, (using gentle muscle contractions to relax and lengthen musculature around a joint to improve function), traction techniques (to gently stretch joint surfaces, muscles and connective tissue), as well as using a variety of soft tissue or massage techniques.
Us Osteopaths are often asked ‘what are muscle knots’? Most people have some experience of muscle knots, back pain and how types of back massage will help. In essence, it’s easier to imagine the fibres as ‘knotted’ which create painful hard lumps within our muscles. Here, I endeavor to describe to you in detail what occurs during muscle knots, or trigger points and how we discover, work with and treat them.
Trigger points, also known as trigger sites or muscle knots, are described as hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibres.
As an osteopath I find fascia fascinating by understanding its roles within the body. This helps me to look at the body with holistic glasses, allowing me to connect and join the dots of not only where the problem is but giving me a better understanding of how it could be going wrong and which areas are causing the problem.
I’ve heard so many times through friends and patients who have seen Southampton osteopaths, chiropractors and sports massage therapists, how they have presented said therapist with shoulder or neck pain and had their pelvis treated as well as the areas concerned.
After explaining what they have had done they usually say to me “it’s all connected, right?” not really having any idea how. This is probably due to the fact that us therapists like to waffle on forgetting you haven’t spent five years reading anatomy. Of course it’s correct, through connective tissue (which is fascia, bone, ligaments, tendons and muscle; bodily tissues that connect with each other – the clue is in the name), previous injuries and longstanding postures can present with pain in other areas of the body.