What is Dry Needling Therapy?
therapy is used to relieve muscle pain. Thin sterile needles are used in this procedure and are inserted at trigger points specific to the part of the body which is in pain. These trigger- point dry needles relax hypersensitive nerves, painful or knotted areas in the muscles, or even muscles that are over used, which is often found in those who work in offices or are in one position most of the day. It will also reduce pain instantly. Many people have areas in their body that are tense almost all of the time or often feel like a hard knot in their muscles. When the fine needles are inserted into these tight, knotted areas, the body elicits what is known as a “twitch response” similar to a contraction and is followed by immediate, long lasting relaxation. No medications are injected into the tight muscles which is why it is called dry needling.
Difference Between Acupuncture and Dry Needle Treatment
Though most people think that acupuncture and dry needling therapies are the same, there are many differences. Acupuncture is based on Chinese principles, but what distinguishes dry needling from traditional acupuncture is that it does not use the full range of traditional theories of Chinese Medicine where the needles are inserted into channels on the body, strengthen the “qi” or “life force”, providing better energy flow. On the other hand, dry needling is based on Western medicine practices and is used to relieve muscle pain, increase blood flow, release anti inflammatories and other natural growth factors for healing.
Benefits of This Treatment
One benefit of dry needling is that you will experience little pain and discomfort while undergoing the treatment, especially compared to other therapies you may have undergone. You will also experience rapid relief from pain after the needle is inserted. Secondly, it does not require multiple sessions and there are no known side-effects, although you may experience a slight pinch when the needle is inserted and the area might be sore for a few days. Lastly, the treatment triggers and awakens the muscles that are damaged due to accidents or other health conditions making them work better and feel looser.
Most patients receive a combination of Acupuncture and
to achieve the most rapid and significant improvement.