What is Dry Needling Therapy?
Dry needling therapy is a technique where physiotherapists insert thin needles into the body’s tight and damaged muscles (also called trigger points). This therapy technique helps patients manage the pain they experience from neuromusculoskeletal injuries. It can also help patients regain muscle movement. Physiotherapists use very thin needles during this process. They penetrate the patient’s skin, fascia, and muscles. Then, physiotherapists manipulate the connective tissues to relieve trigger or pressure points. The needles clear up all knotted areas (trigger points) inside muscles and tissues.
Needling decreases muscle hypertonicity. It can also enhance the range of motion of damaged joints. However, most physiotherapists use this technique to cure myofascial pain. The needles stimulate damaged myofascial tissue and help patients get rid of sensations like muscle aching, soreness, etc. Physiotherapists assess patients based on how much myofascial pain they experience. Then, they determine how deep the needles go inside their skin and how long they stay there.
There are many ways of performing this invasive therapy. Some of the most common types of dry needling techniques include:
Experienced physiotherapists have a great track record with this therapy technique. But, first-time patients may experience some side effects such as -
This therapy technique can help patients suffering from all types of acute or chronic pain, irrespective of the issue. Dry needling therapy is extremely helpful in treating back pain, plantar fasciitis, back pain, and other neuromusculoskeletal issues. Some direct advantages of this therapy include:
This physical therapy technique can be used to treat a variety of conditions. If minor back pain is restricting your range of motion, dry needling will prevent the formation of scar tissues. If you’re a long-standing arthritis patient, this therapy can help you regain your range of motion by reducing muscle and joint tightness. Here are some common conditions it helps to treat:
This physical therapy should be avoided by patients who suffer from -
The idea of inserting needles into injured body parts may scare many people. Patients must realize that physiotherapists ensure that these processes are painless. So, the first step to preparing for this physical therapy is not stressing about it.
Both dry needling and acupuncture are used to treat similar conditions. Recent studies have revealed that dry needling is more effective at reducing pain than acupuncture.