Dry needling could be the solution to your pain
Dry needling involves the insertion of thin sterile needles into myofascial trigger points in order to relax contracted muscles (muscle tension). The purpose of dry needling is to stimulate the nervous system and provide feedback to the muscles to inhibit or stop their spasm.
Muscle spasm is often a significant contributing factor to pain and dysfunction experienced by patients, so by eliciting a response by the nervous system, dry needling can aid in pain relief, pain management, and recovery.
What are the benefits of Dry Needling?
Dry Needling vs Acupuncture
There are many similarities and differences between dry needling and acupuncture. Physiotherapists at Physio Fit are not acupuncturists and do not practice acupuncture.
Dry needling is based on western medicine principles and research and is increasingly used in the management of musculoskeletal and sports injuries.
Acupuncture in contrast, is the needling of points on meridians in the the body to boost, harmonise and remove blockages in the flow of energy (qi) throughout the whole body.
Common Conditions Treated
Common conditions that can benefit from dry needling include, but are not limited to neck pain, upper and lower back pain, tight muscles, shoulder and arm pain (rotator cuff, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow), headaches ( including migraines and tension-type headaches), jaw (TMJ) pain, and hip, buttock and leg pain (sciatica, quadriceps and hamstrings strains, calf tightness/spasms), and plantar fasciitis.
Although it may sound scary, dry needling is relatively pain free! Most people do not feel the thin needles while they are inserted and some barely even feel them being inserted (in many cases, patients will report that deep tissue massage is far worse in terms of pain than dry needling). Dry needling may elicit a local twitch response in the muscle which may result in a very brief painful response; some patients describe this as a little electric shock while others describe it as more of a cramping sensation. There is a therapeutic response that occurs with the production of these local twitch responses and they are considered a beneficial and desirable reaction.