Oak Tree Osteopaths utilise both needling and cupping. These tools may help to relieve pain and assist recovery from training or injury by improving circulation, reducing fluid build up, and optimizing muscle tone and flexibility.
Dry needling involves gently placing very fine needles in tight muscles or trigger points and is relatively pain free. Muscles respond to needling by relaxing, creating more efficient blood flow as well as inducing a minor nervous system “reset”. Dry needling is a fantastic approach to get fast results when used in conjunction with other soft tissue techniques. It can be effective for sports injuries, tendinopathies, headaches, jaw pain and even sinus pain.
Myofascial cupping is used frequently within osteopathy. Best for chronic issues, using cups around painful areas or tight, congested tissue, creates a special kind of tractional lift separating fascia and muscle fibres. Cups can remain still on the skin or can be used as a myofascial stretching technique which will assist healthier blood flow, fluid drainage and give tight muscles space to move freely again. While so many manual techniques introduce pressure to the body, cupping can often provide a wonderful treatment counterpoint.