Dry Needling for Back Pain
Chronic back pain is a leading cause of disability in Australia. Most of the time, back pain is recurrent and might need to be managed as a long-term health condition. This pain can be treated either surgically or nonoperatively depending on the severity of the condition, neurological symptoms and the physician’s assessment.
Surgery isn’t the only way to treat back pain. There are many non-surgical options that can provide you with relief without increasing side effects or risk. One such treatment option is dry needling, which has been highly effective at yielding positive results for those experiencing chronic back pain.
Trigger-point dry needling
Dry needling, also known as myofascial trigger-point dry needling, procedure where an acupuncture needle or fine needle is inserted into the skin and muscle.
The goal of this is to produce what is referred to as a muscle twitch response. This is basically a sub-cortical reflex – the nerve impulse travels to the spine and into the muscle, instead of going up into the brain. When this happens, the physiology of the tissue and muscle membrane changes.
If you are suffering from chronic pain in the lumbar spine, dry needling will target the exact place where the trigger point is located. When the needle is put into the trigger point, this releases the tension that is being held in the tight band of muscle tissue in your spine, allowing the muscle to stretch and contract more efficiently.
This reduces strain in the muscles and improves strength and stimulation so that the muscle can work more effectively.
Get dry needling Sydney
At Sports Focus Physiotherapy, we can incorporate dry needling into your treatment plan to help you reduce pain and release muscle tension. Dry needling works for a range of conditions. Those with knee pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff syndrome and other types of muscle strains can benefit from dry needling.
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