What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling involves insertion of a fine needle into the muscle in the region of a “Trigger Point’. The aim of Dry Needling is to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and encourage localized increased circulation to targeted muscles tendons and boney structures. Dry needling is an effective treatment for chronic pain of neuropathic origin with very few side effects.
This technique is unequalled in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits.
The needle used is very thin and most subjects do not even feel it penetrate the skin. A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of this needle. However if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the subject will feel a sensation like a muscle cramp -’the twitch response’. The patient also may feel a reproduction of “their” pain, which is a helpful diagnostic indicator for the practitioner attempting to diagnose the cause of the patient’s symptoms. Patients soon learn to recognize and even welcome this sensation as it results in deactivating the trigger point, reducing pain and restoring normal length function to the involved muscle. With needle insertion it specifically increases natural healing phase of the body to a targeted area. This is done by increasing circulation of white blood cells leukocytes myocytes and natural endorphins to the impacted area. This incredibly effective technique causes very little discomfort for the patient and the results are often amazing when used in conjunction with traditional Myotherapy techniques
However, you should not confuse dry needling with acupuncture as they are actually two different things. Acupuncture uses points that lie along the body’s meridians or energy channels, while myofascial dry needling uses points that are defined by western based anatomy and physiology.
It is a safe and effective method of treatment that can alter the pain threshold and pain perception in the acute and chronic stages of injury. At Casey Massage & Myotherapy we are highly trained and experienced in the process of this treatment. With dry needling we can help to reduce healing time and promote relief of pain and soreness no matter how long the issue has been at hand.
Problems that can be helped with dry needling
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