How Can Dry Needling Help My Recovery?

by | May 4, 2017 | Baltimore Physical Therapy, Shoulder Injury, Sports Rehabilitation Techniques | 0 comments

The Many Benefits of Dry Needling

Although it’s true that there are a number of different methods that are used to eliminate neuromuscular dysfunction, dry needling is considered to be one of the more effective methods. This particular method is able to diagnose and treat pain that can lead to functional deficits, which can be particularly bad for professional athletes as well as those who enjoy engaging in physical activity on a regular basis. If you have pain that you want to get treated, it is very important that you look into everything this method has to offer before making a final decision of any kind.

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling consists of inserting thin filament needles in order to stimulate the healing process of soft tissues, which results in pain relief as well as restoration of healthy overall physiology. This method involves the manipulation of muscle “trigger points”, ligaments, tendons, and other parts of the body to relieve pain in those who have sustained various types of injuries.

These “trigger points” are hyperirritable points in skeletal muscle that are commonly associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule or “knot”. This area can become painful at the site and radiate in certain predictable patterns. Dry needling focuses on these points and stimulates the healing process so that is doesn’t take quite as long as it normally would.

How it Works

The dry needling techniques have proven to achieve both biochemical and mechanical effects that can be beneficial for many different people. Numerous scientific studies have revealed that this particular type of treatment has been very effective for people with a wide variety of chronic and acute conditions as well as injuries.dry-needling

Trigger points are known to have abnormal electrical activity and are surrounded by numerous chemicals that are known to cause inflammation. There has been quite a bit of research that indicates that when a needle is successfully inserted into a trigger point and generated a local switch response, it can return the electrical and chemical environment within the muscle back to its former relaxed state. Deactivated trigger points draw white blood cells as well as plasma cells into the area, creating a healing response.

What is the Difference Between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

There are a number of differences between dry needling and acupuncture, including the objectives and philosophy behind each one. Dry needling is based entirely on western neuro-anatomy and scientific study, as opposed to acupuncture, which is based on traditional Chinese philosophies and medicine. It is widely believed that dry needling is far more effective than acupuncture, simply because it is more so based on science as opposed to theories or philosophies that have no factual basis whatsoever.

Are the Treatments Painful?

Most people who undergo dry needling do not feel any pain at all when the needle is being inserted. There may be a brief pain sensation due to the “twitch response” when the needle is inserted, and it is commonly described by patients as a tingling, cramping, or aching sensation. For the most part, however, these treatments are not painful in any lasting or significant way.

Who can Benefit from Dry Needling?

There are a number of people who can benefit from dry needling, including those who have a number of different musculoskeletal problems that are linked to acute/chronic injuries, neck/back pain, headaches, Tendinitis, muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, muscle strains, hip/knee pain, and much more.

Overall, dry needling is widely believed to be incredibly beneficial for people who are suffering from a wide variety of conditions and injuries. While not everyone responds the same way to these treatments, they can be incredibly effective when it comes to relieving pain and speeding up the healing process significantly. If you have some sort of injury that you want to fix faster, dry needling is certainly an option worth looking into.

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