If you suffer from headaches or migraines, low back pain, neck or shoulder pain, dry needling might be for you.
Dry Needling involves the insertion of a thin filament needle to stimulate the healing method of soft tissues (muscle “trigger points”, fascia, tendons and ligaments, etc.). The results of dry needling is pain relief and restoration of healthy physiology.
Physical therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Preliminary research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up the patient’s return to active rehabilitation.
Does it hurt?
A healthy muscle feels little discomfort with insertion of this needle. However if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points inside it, the subject can feel a sensation sort of a muscle cramp (the “twitch” response).
Who can benefit from Dry Needling?
Almost anyone experiencing a range of pain issues as well as, however not limited to:
- Acute/Chronic injuries
- Neck/Back pain
- Muscle Spasms
- Hip/Knee pain
- Muscle strains
- Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow
- Overuse injuries