Dry needling is a specialized treatment technique that can be used in combination with physiotherapy. Dry needling involves insertion of thin, solid filament needles into myofascial trigger points to deactivate them and reduce muscle spasm. This can help eliminate pain and improve function.
How Does Dry Needling Work?
Dry needling works by targeting specific myofascial trigger points in the muscle tissue. The needle insertion creates a micro injury, which in turn activates the body’s natural healing process. This is done by stimulating the release of chemicals, such as endorphins and serotonin, which help to reduce pain. Additionally, it can also help to break the cycle of muscle spasm and pain.
What Are The Benefits of Dry Needling?
Dry needling can be an effective treatment for a variety of conditions, including:
Myofascial trigger points
Movement pattern dysfunction
Dry needling is an ultra-form of Trigger point therapy, which could instantly, deactivates the trigger points. The result could be immediate sometimes. Many people find that their pain decreases and their mobility improves immediately (24-48 hours) after the treatment. However, in some cases it may take a few sessions before long-term positive effects are seen.
It's important to keep in mind that dry needling is only one part of the puzzle when it comes to successful treatment; most conditions also require manual therapies, exercises, modalities and home programs for best results.