Dry needling has become a popular form of treatment among people who choose therapeutic treatments to get relief from muscle pain. This procedure leans toward the understanding of the musculoskeletal system and basic anatomy. Dry needling and acupuncture are for most people the same thing, but they are actually quite different from each other in terms of function. Dry needling is a western culture approach, while acupuncture is a Chinese medical tradition.
Dry needling is used to define the non-injection needling. When it comes to injection needling, hypodermic needles are used to inject chemicals or other agents like anesthesia into the tissue, while in dry needling there is no chemicals, needles are directed into the tissue to provide therapeutic effects. Fine filament needles are also used in this treatment, and they are similar to those used in acupuncture. These needles are inserted in a person’s trigger points. They are located in different muscles all over the body. These muscles release muscle tension when triggered by a needle, helping in pain relief. The practitioner will locate the trigger points to identify parts of your body with an injury on soft tissues, muscle pain and chronic spasms. Relaxation of muscles can also be induced by inserting needles into the trigger points.
Dry needling can be helpful in treating problems with posture, bodily imbalance or some muscle injury. As mentioned, it is often confused with acupuncture. Same types of needles are used in both practices, but they are quite different. In acupuncture needles are inserted into the body’s energy channels, and it is believed to bring the person back to balance, and will influence the energy flow of a person. In dry needling, needles are inserted in the muscle and ligament trigger points, and it is beneficial in reducing the muscle tension, and in decreasing the level of pain in a specific area.
The results of this treatment can vary in different patients, but it is usually quite rewarding, helpful and useful. Person has to go through lesser pain than other manual treatments, and it is non-intrusive so you don’t have to worry about surgeries. Also, it results in relatively lesser soreness, which is very important for many patients. Dry needling requires less number of sessions than other procedures, which is good for patients because they will be finished sooner, and won’t have to drive to the treatment and back home so many times. It can provide permanent pain relief, not just temporary, and it is helpful in rejuvenating muscles that are not as effective as they used to be because of some previous injury.
This is a holistic approach to healing, if the muscles are in a healthy condition this treatment will not hurt a bit, and the person probably won’t even feel the needle. But sometimes, in a few cases, a person will maybe feel an aching sensation or a slight pinch as needle is being inserted into the skin. If your physical therapist recommends you this treatment, don’t hesitate to undergo it.