Equine osteopath Jelle Hoorens makes use of the dry needling technique in addition to osteopathy.

Dry needling is a treatment method that has been used in regular physiotherapy for many years. Using a dry acupuncture needle, ‘knots’ in muscles known as trigger points are briefly punctured. As soon as the right trigger point is reached with the needle, the muscle briefly contracts, and then usually relaxes directly afterwards, for a longer time. Movement immediately becomes easier. Jelle will apply dry needling in addition to osteopathy.

Dry needling is not acupuncture. Acupuncture uses multiple needles that are inserted superficially for some time, affecting the body’s energy. Dry needling does not work on so-called energy channels, but on specific pain points in the muscles.