Dry Needling

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is a cost effective and efficient technique for the treatment of myofascial or muscle pain and dysfunction. This is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles. Acupuncture needles are used for this treatment. The name comes from the initial research in the treatment of trigger points where they typically use injected medication compared to a control group where they used dry needles (without medication). It was found that the dry needling treatment was just as effective as that with medication. Hence, dry needling as a treatment form for myofascial, muscle related pain was created. 

 

What conditions can benefit with dry needling?

There are a variety of conditions that respond well to dry needling, such as headaches, neck pain, Rotator cuff injury, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, low back pain, sciatic pain, hip pain, knee pain, repetitive strain injury and sinusitis. 

How does dry needling work?

The sustained tightness of the muscle fibers of the trigger points reduces blood flow around the trigger point. This means less oxygen and food can be delivered to the muscle, and less removal of waste products produced by muscle cells. The aim of dry needling is to restore muscle fibers to their normal, healthy state. Inserting a needle into an active trigger point enables the muscle to relax. For maximum effect, a local twitch response is sought. This is an actual twitch of the muscle, due to a complex reflex reaction stimulated by the needle. This causes a micro trauma and physical breakdown of the trigger point. This triggers the body’s own healing system, whereby the muscle fibers are healed.

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