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Here's What Everyone Needs To Know About Dry Needling

Are you dealing with chronic pain or tight muscles that just don't seem to get better, no matter how much rest, exercise, or stretching you do? If so, dry needling may be the treatment option you've been looking for. Here's a closer look at what dry needling is and who can benefit from it. 

What Is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a type of medical therapy that involves inserting thin needles into the skin and underlying tissues to treat muscle pain, tightness, and spasms. This technique has been used for centuries by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, but it has more recently become popular among physical therapists and other medical professionals as a way to treat musculoskeletal issues. Modern dry-needling methods are based on the understanding of anatomy, physiology, and neuromuscular medicine and are tailored to each individual patient's needs.

How Does Dry Needling Work?

When you have chronic pain or tightness in a muscle, you may have a 'trigger point.' The Mayo Clinic reports that a "trigger point is a local band of tight, irritable and dysfunctional muscle tissue" that causes you pain. Dry needling works by inserting needles into these trigger points to help relax the muscle and reduce any associated pain. The needles stimulate the body's natural healing response, improving blood flow to the area and reducing muscle tension.

Who Needs Dry Needling?

Many people benefit from dry needling. It is an effective treatment option for anyone who suffers from chronic musculoskeletal pain or tightness. Dry needling can also be used to treat sports injuries, sciatica, headaches caused by trigger points in the neck and shoulder muscles, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and other conditions caused by muscular dysfunction.

What Are the Benefits of Dry Needling?

There are many benefits of dry needling, including the following.

  • Improved blood flow to targeted areas of the body
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Faster healing time
  • Increased flexibility in targeted muscles
  • Improved range of motion
  • Improved nerve function
  • Increased range of motion
  • Decreased pain levels
  • Better posture
  • Increased muscle strength
  • Improved athletic performance

Additionally, dry needling does not require any special equipment or medications. It only uses needles that are disposed of after each use, making dry needling an affordable treatment option for people who may not have access to other forms of physical therapy or medical treatments.

If you suffer from chronic muscle pain or tightness that does not respond well to traditional treatments like stretching and rest, dry needling may be the solution. Dry needling can provide relief from certain types of musculoskeletal issues. Consult with your doctor to see if dry needling is right for you.