WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING?
Trigger point dry needling (TDN) is the use of solid filament needles inserted through the skin and into the muscle to release painful myofascial trigger points. Dry needling results in the deepest tissue release allowing for improvements in movement and pain. It is called “dry” needling because there is no solution injected as with a hypodermic needle during a flu shot. With dry needling, the needle itself and the effects it produces within the tissue is the treatment.
DRY NEEDLING FOR PAIN AND MUSCLE TIGHTNESS
What makes dry needling an effective way to reduce pain in specific areas of the body is that it targets trigger points. For example, if you’re suffering from shoulder or neck pain, the therapist will insert needles into detected trigger points. The needles will release tension, inflammation, chemicals, and pressure in the muscles that has caused the pain. The results will lead to an improved range of motion and hopefully pain reduction.
DRY NEEDLING FOR IMPROVED RANGE OF MOTION
Similar to how dry needling relieves tension and pressure in trigger points, this process helps improve overall movement of an injury. If you’re an athlete who is constantly on the move, having fluid movement and having a full range of motion is key to your success.
Let’s use the shoulder as an example. If you’re a baseball player, having a full range of motion in your shoulder is important when successfully throwing a baseball. By constantly throwing a baseball, you put a lot of stress on your shoulder and it’s important to relax your muscles and reduce tightness. Dry needling can help reduce this pain and improve overall function of your shoulder so you won’t feel constant discomfort in your shoulder or another injury.
DRY NEEDLING FOR INCREASED RECOVERY TIME
Anytime you suffer an injury, the worst and longest part is the recovery process. Yes, some injuries require longer recovery periods than other but regardless, we’re all anxious to get back to full strength.
With dry needling, patients have experienced quicker pain relief and improved range of motion. This is one of the best benefits of dry needling therapy as it speeds up the healing process compared to other treatment options.
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