Last updated on April 17th, 2020 at 08:56 pm
Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use for the treatment of pain and movement impairments.
Dry needling is becoming increasingly popular—and with good reason.
Yes, its name may scare some people away.
But its multiple benefits outweigh the alarming name.
What Is Dry Needling?
Dry needling “typically involves an invasive procedure in which an acupuncture needle is inserted into the skin and muscle.
The practitioner uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate a trigger point in your body.
This will relax the trigger point muscle fibers and release tension, pain, pressure, and/or inflammation.
Know About Trigger Point:
A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group.
Trigger points can be tender to the touch.
Touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body.
Why Dry Needle?
Dry needling involves a thin filiform needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying
myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues.
The needle allows a physical therapist to target tissues that are not manually palpable.
Physical therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or deactivating trigger points to relieve pain.
This can help speed up the patient’s return to active rehabilitation.
Benefits of Dry Needling:
More people are turning towards this practice because there are multiple benefits.
It is used to “reduce pain, decrease muscle spasm tension, activate muscles, improve muscle contraction, relax tight muscles.
In addition, easing the trigger points may improve flexibility and increase range of motion.
That’s why this method is often used to treat sports injuries, muscle pain, and even fibromyalgia pain.
With dry needling, patients have experienced quicker pain relief and improved range of motion.
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- Low back pain/tension
- Neck pain
- Tennis elbow
- Spinal dysfunction
- Joint dysfunction
- And more
Side Effects or Risk:
Mild side effects are very common with dry needling, but serious side effects remain rare.
The most common side effects around the injection site include:
- temporary soreness
you may be at risk for contracting blood-borne illnesses, infection, and diseases.
You must ensure your practitioner uses sterile needles and disposes of them after each use.
It’s for you if you want to speed up the muscle recovery process.
Don’t use this as a standalone therapy tool.
It should part of a larger treatment plan.
So, don’t ignore other treatments, even with all its benefits.
When you apply multiple techniques, this is when you can really get the best out of your therapy sessions.
Your practitioner should be able to advise you on your specific case.
So if you are suffering from acute or chronic pain than you may go for this.
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