What Is Dry Needling?
It's possible that you've heard about dry needling and wondered what precisely it is or whether it's a therapy that may benefit you.
Even though dry needling's name may seem eerie, it is safe, non-invasive, and often helpful in treating musculoskeletal conditions. Physiotherapists who are trained and qualified in dry needling may provide the treatment. Neuromuscular discomfort and movement limitations may be alleviated by using a small monofilament needle that penetrates the skin and addresses underlying trigger points in the muscles.
What is a "trigger point"? It's a local contraction or tight band of muscle fiber that disrupts function, restricts range of motion and causes discomfort or soreness in the affected area. Increasing blood flow and decreasing both local and referred pain are all possible outcomes of dry needling a damaged muscle or trigger point.
What’s the Difference?
Acupuncture and dry needling are not the same thing. There are some similarities, but they stop there. Practitioners of dry needling have received varying levels of training in this technique. When it comes to pain, dry needling relies on Western medicine, whereas acupuncture is based on Eastern medicine and the study of pain patterns.
Why Dry Needling?
Aims of dry needling are to relieve discomfort, inactivate trigger points and restore function. In most cases, it is not a stand-alone treatment. As a matter of fact, it is typically part of a wider physiotherapy strategy that incorporates standard physical therapy procedures into treatment.
It is possible to employ dry needling to treat a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions such as back and shoulder discomfort. Research shows that dry needling is a safe and effective method for treating and controlling pain, and it is offered as a part of your physiotherapy treatment session at Phoenix Physio Clinic.