What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling technique is used by Physiotherapists with an aim to reduce the pain, reestablishing muscle function and deactivating trigger points which is also known as "knots". Very thin filament needles are used which is designed in such a way that it does not damage the tissue as it goes through muscle and other delicate tissue.
Is it like Acupuncture?
No, dry needling is totally not same as Acupuncture. This method is used for the treatment of the Neuromusculoskeletal system based pain patterns, muscle stiffness, muscular dysfunction, and other muscular problems which relies on physical inspection to direct the treatment. Dry needling is evidence based treatment method in western medicine, quite opposite to Acupuncture which is a method for balancing the Chi which is believed to flow through meridian pathways in your body.
Does it hurt?
It depends on the individual which is getting the treatment. Pain tolerance level changes from individual to individual but everyone agrees that result is great which outweigh any minor inconvenience.
How effective is it?
The main aim of Dry Needling is to desensitize supersensitive structures, release muscles, restore muscle functions and promote healing in the tissue. Anybody can get benefits from this, it helps in conditions going from Chronic Pain Syndrome, acute injuries, pain down the arms or legs, lower back pain, knee surgery etc. Sports person can also get benefit from this treatment because of the tedious strain they put on their muscles.
As mentioned, benefits can often be seen and felt immediately in the same session. Most people experience a significant reduction in Pain as well as noticeably improved movement patterns. This could be more range of motion, better motor control, stability, and increased functions.
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