Dry needling is an effective and efficient technique for the treatment of muscular pain and myofascial dysfunction.
Dry needling or intramuscular stimulation (IMS) is an extremely effective for relaxing overactive muscles, which contain trigger points.
In simple terms, the treatment involves needling of a muscle’s trigger points without injecting any substance. The approach is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles. It should not to be confused with the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique of acupuncture. However, since the same needles are used in both dry needling and acupuncture, the confusion is understandable.
Top 3 Dry Needling Benefits
1. Reduces pain
2. Improves movement
3. Speeds up the recovery process
Is Dry Needling Effective?
Many therapists are using dry needling effectively and extensively within their practices for the treatment of Myofascial Pain & Dysfunction.
What is Dry Needling Able to Treat?
According to the American Physical Therapy Association, trigger points have been identified in numerous diagnoses, including:
whiplash associated disorders
complex regional pain syndrome
This alternative therapy is also used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia and connective tissue. It reduces and restores impairments of body structure and function, leading to improved activity and participation.
Is Dry Needling Safe?
Dry needling is appropriate for nearly all patients who do not have a significant needle phobia or other anxiety about being treated with needles. Like any type of therapy, dry needling may deliver unintended side effects, such as pain at the stop of needle insertion, muscle soreness, fatigue and bruising. In the hands of a skilled physical therapist, dry needling is a safe and effective treatment option and the patient will see benefits in range of motion and joint use right away.
It’s normal that it may take several dry needling therapy sessions before the muscle is fully functional again. This is because trigger points are located under deep layers of muscles, so it typically takes several sessions for the changes to take full effect. But patients will notice the difference right after each treatment.
Dry needling is also known to be relatively painless. Generally, the needle insertion is not felt and the local twitch response only provokes a very brief pain response, feeling more like a shock or cramping sensation. A local twitch response is a therapeutic response that serves as a sign that the needle has hit the trigger point, so it’s actually a good and desirable reaction.
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