Acupuncture and Dry Needling
What is dry needling?
Dry Needling: Needling to altered or dysfunctional tissues in order to improve or restore function. This may include (but is not limited to) needling of myofascial trigger points, periosteum and soft tissues. Utilisation within the context of physiotherapy will be based on clinical reasoning as part of an overall management approach.
What Does Dry Needling Entail?
The goal is to desensitize structures to restore motion and function. The thin needle has multiple advances into the muscle in the area of the body which produces pain and typically contains a trigger point. Most patients will not even feel the needle penetrate the skin, but once it advances into the muscle, the discomfort can vary from patient to patient.
6 Benefits of Dry Needling:
1. Dry needling seeks to relieve the pain caused by musculoskeletal dysfunction through relaxing muscle trigger points
2. Dry needling benefits range of motion and joint use right away
3. Reduces pain and muscle tension
4. Remove source of irritation with shortened paraspinal muscles
5. Promote healing
6. Neuromuscular 'Reboot'