Dry needling is a type of treatment that uses thin needles to stimulate nerves in the muscle and connective tissue, which helps to reduce pain and increase the range of motion. The needles are inserted into tight muscles or trigger points. When done properly, it can be an effective addition to your physical therapy routine.
In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the pros and cons associated with dry needling, so you’re better informed about what it entails!
Pros Of Dry Needling
Dry needling is quickly gaining popularity in Australia. Acupuncturists use fine needles inserted into the skin in specific ‘channels’ or meridian’s to effect the ‘energy levels and treat disease. This therapy has been used in Eastern medicine for 100’s of years.
Physiotherapist and other ‘skilled practitioners are now using ‘dry needling’ so they can treat their patients with muscle and nerve problems and pain.
Get Fast Pain Relief
Trigger points are knots in your muscles that cause pain. They’re most commonly associated with the shoulder, neck and upper back but they can occur anywhere on the body and be related to many different conditions such as low-back or joint problems too!
Trigger point treatment usually improves circulation by relaxing tight bundles of muscle fibres while improving blood flow which helps remove acidic wastes from our bodies, so we get better quicker.
Improve Chronic Pain Conditions
It can effectively treat muscle tension and chronic pain conditions, such as myofascial pain syndrome or fibromyalgia. It is used in combination with other treatments including exercise and education on how to help yourself.
Accelerate Your Recovery
One of the best ways to speed up your healing process is moving! Not only will it promote better lymphatic drainage, but physical therapy with dry needling can accelerate all sorts of injuries. If you are in pain and looking for relief- look no further; knowing now that it helps reduce muscle tension while increasing range of motion and reducing your pain.
If you are experiencing chronic pain, it may be time to consider dry needling. This treatment is an alternative for those who do not want the side effects of medication or surgery and is a good option for people with arthritis .Dry needle therapy can also help with many common muscle /tendon and joint problems ….so book an appointment with Sports Focus Physiotherapy if this sounds like something you’d like to explore further!