Dry needling is a revolutionary mode of myofascial pain treatment, which is also known as trigger point dry needling and myofascial trigger point dry needling. This technique is usually the forte of acupuncturists, chiropractors and physiotherapists.
If we break down the word "myofascial", we get "myo" which means muscle and "fascia" which stands for the tissue that connects muscle. Sometimes, the muscles form a knotted area, which is known as a trigger point in medical language.
The trigger points become very sensitive and cause a lot of pain even when they are touched. The trigger points are also sometimes behind a referred pain, which means they cause pain to some other body part too.
In the dry needling technique, the clinicians insert very thin solid needles inside the skin covering the trigger points of the patient. These needles are just to stimulate the tissue around the trigger point and do not inject any kind of medication.
Pain greatly impacts your body movements. Through dry needling, the clinicians try to change the way of communication between the brain and the muscles, which eventually restores the normal movement pattern of the body parts.
How does the patient feel during dry needling?
Different patients experience different kinds of sensations while being needled. Here are the most common ones among them:
- Muscle soreness
- Muscle twitch
Although these symptoms sound like a problem, they are considered a good sign in terms of your treatment. The needles may either be inserted deep into your skin or just superficially. Even the duration of keeping the needles inside the skin varies depending upon the type of pain the clinician is trying to treat, and for how long has it been troubling the patient.
Short time needling may last for a few seconds, while long time needling may keep the needles inside the skin for up to 10 to 15 minutes.
Types of pain dry needling can easily treat
Dry needling is usually used as a complementary mode of pain treatment, which is recommended along with some exercising, manual therapy, heat therapy and education. Dry needling works wonders in enhancing the range of movements a person can perform which have been limited because of muscle tightness or scar tissue. Dry needling has also been found very effective in the below mentioned issues:
- Joint pain
- Repetitive motion disorders
- Night cramps
- Pain in the pelvis
- Tension-type headaches
- Disk issues
- Spine related issues
- Phantom pain
- Jaw and mouth related issues, i.e. temporomandibular joint disorders
- Pain left behind by shingles
Who should avoid dry needling?
- Pregnant women
- Those who don't understand the treatment thoroughly
- Those who feel afraid of being injected with a needle
We would suggest you to consult with a doctor first before going for dry needling as they would be able to tell you if you have any underlying condition that may produce side effects. People who are taking blood thinners or who underwent surgery recently should not consider this mode of treatment.
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Dry needling is a very successful treatment method for myofascial pain. It is rapidly getting popular because of the kind of results it has produced for the patients over the years. Now, even some allopathic doctors are opting this technique themselves to treat their patients. We have some highly experienced dry needling experts who can surely take your pain away without any side effects. So, what are you waiting for? Just contact us if you have any type of myofascial pain and our experts will take care of the rest.