WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING?
Similar to acupuncture, dry needling practitioners inserting a needle directly into a knot or pressure point will release tension in the surrounding muscles for therapeutic purposes.
During dry needling, a practitioner inserts several filiform needles into your skin. Following dry needling there is some increased blood flow to the area, endorphins (natural painkillers) are released and nerve pathways may be inhibited or to a degree blocked with the aim of helping to ease pain and promote healing. Filiform needles are fine, short, stainless steel needles that don’t inject fluid into the body. That’s why the term “dry” is used. The way it works is through complex neural pathways and chemical releases in the body.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BE TREATED?
Dry needling may provide relief for some muscular pain and stiffness. In addition, alleviate
the trigger points may increase flexibility and improve range of motion. Consequently, this method is often used to treat sports injuries, muscle pain, and even fibromyalgia pain. Many types of research have provided evidence-based support in the treatment of acute and chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, tension-type migraine headaches, pelvic girdle pain, knee osteoarthritis, lateral elbow pain, and shoulder conditions.
Though there are no official guidelines for this practice, safe dry needling practices will be standardized as more research becomes available.
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