Dry needling is a safe and commonly used procedure where a fine acupuncture needle is inserted into the skin, and into myofascial trigger points. Myofascial trigger points (MTrP) are areas of muscle that form knots when under prolonged tension. MTrP’s are often tender and can refer pain to other areas of the body. They can also cause muscle weakness, restricted joint range of motion.
What conditions can dry needling help?
Dry needling can be effective in managing pain and joint restriction in most musculoskeletal conditions. Dry needling is most effective when used in addition to other modalities such as exercise and activity modification. Some examples of conditions that dry needling is commonly used for include:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Tennis elbow
- and many more!
How does Dry Needling help my pain and function?
- Dry needling of MTrP’s causes an analgesic effect – this occurs through reduction in concentration of chemical substances that signal pain around the MTrP.
- Dry needling improves muscle regeneration – dry needling causes microdamage in the muscle fibre, this triggers processes that repair the muscle
- Dry needling improves joint range of motion – dry needling allows muscle fibres to relax, which improves muscle extensibility and improved joint range of motion.