A needle just like the ones used in acupuncture is inserted into your muscles or tissues to reach the trigger point and relax the muscles, increase blood flow, reduce inflammation, and start the body’s natural healing process. This is called Dry Needling. Using the right dry needling supplies, your therapist uses this type of treatment to activate your body’s natural painkillers.
This is why aside from acupuncture, this is one of the most effective and most recommended methods to reduce pain. If you are curious why more people are doing it, then check out its benefits below.
Quick Pain Relief
Muscles that are tight in the shoulders, back, and neck often can cause more problems with your low back and joints. With dry needling, the knot loosens up and blood flow improves. And almost instantly, that nagging pain goes away. After just one dry needling session, many people feel better right away. However, for more severe cases, you may need more than one session. Remember that your treatment and how effective it is for pain depends on how bad your knots are.
Keeps Chronic Pain From Coming Back
The nagging pain that keeps on coming back can greatly affect your day-to-day life. It will also affect your mood and your interest to do physical activities. And when this happens, your pain will only get worse. In this case, you have to check with your physical therapist or doctor if dry needling is for you.
Improve Range of Motion
When your muscles are tight and sore, it’s would be difficult for you to move freely. Your range of motion may be very limited when you have knots in your muscles. Sometimes you don’t have time to exercise, that is why your muscles get weaker and lose mass. And when this happens, you are at risk of losing your range of motion. But this can be helped with Dry Needling.
Speed Up Recovery From Injury or Surgery
Recovery from an injury or surgery can take a long time. During your recovery, you’ll spend most of your time doing physical therapy. Dry needling helps the body heal faster. Most of the time, this technique is used along with physical therapy to get your strength and a full range of motion back. With dry needling, you are basically retraining your muscles.
Who Performs Dry Needling
Dry needling is also called “trigger point dry needling,” or “myofascial trigger point dry needling.” Not just anyone can perform this treatment. Only qualified physical therapists, chiropractors, and acupuncturists are able to use this method to help their patients suffering from myofascial pain. This means that you can trust them to have the right training, education, and experience in performing such treatment.