WHAT IS IT?
Dry Needling (Medical Acupuncture) is an effective treatment for tension or spasm within the muscle. It has been proven to improve pain, reduce muscle tension, and speed up recovery. It is called ‘Dry’ Needling because there is no solution inserted into the muscle. It involves inserting thin sterilized needles through the skin in order to stimulate a tight irritable band of muscle known as a trigger point (knot). Trigger points can develop during occupational, recreational or sports activities when muscle use exceeds muscle capacity and normal recovery is disturbed. The muscle becomes painful and tight, and in some cases can radiate or refer pain towards a limb or areas around the injured muscle causing stiffness and reduced range of movement.
DRY NEEDLING versus ACUPUNCTURE?
The practices of Dry needling and Acupuncture share some similarities, and both claim to provide therapeutic relief from pain. However, they involve different methods and should not be confused. The primary difference between acupuncture and dry needling is that acupuncture treats for the purpose of altering the flow of Qi (or energy) along traditional Chinese meridians while dry needling follows evidence-based guidelines, recommended “trigger-point” locations, and dosages for the treatment of specific conditions.
IS IT FOR YOU?
If you suffer from any of the following problems then Dry Needling could help you:
Physiotherapists use dry needling with the goals of addressing neuromuscular conditions, relieving pain, and/or improving range of motion. Evidence to date 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 return to active rehabilitation. It can be particularly useful for stubborn chronic conditions and those resistant to conventional treatments.
WHAT TO EXPECT
We will describe the procedure to you after performing your initial assessment. We often use several needles to achieve the best results for the targeted trigger point. The placement of a needle beneath the skin or into a muscle may elicit a small scratch and is generally painless.
Our goal during treatment is to elicit a localized twitch response of a dysfunctional area of muscle. This twitch response returns the muscle to a normal state by releasing inflammatory chemicals from the trigger point and restoring blood flow to the area. A tight muscle or one with a trigger point will feel an achy discomfort with an occasional twitching or cramping sensation, a sign of effective treatment. However treatment may take more than one session to have the best results.
You may experience a mild, dull ache during treatment and up to 24 hours post treatment. It is often noted that clients get a feeling of relaxation and well-being during treatment.
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