Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Dry Needling—The Health Benefits

Dry needling can be used to treat a variety of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal and orthopaedic problems.

Dry needling is a relaxing and therapeutic procedure
To learn more about the benefits of dry needling, visit www.amberlaris.com.au

Trigger Points

Trigger points are taut bands that appear in a muscle and cause chronic or acute pain. They can be caused by repetitive actions and poor posture, or emotional/physical trauma, and the result can be referred pain in other parts of the body. However, dry needling relaxes trigger points and can therefore address associated musculoskeletal dysfunction.

The Process of Dry Needling

Solid filament needles are inserted gently into the trigger point, or affected part of the muscle, in order to relax it. This is done by creating a twitch response (a feeling similar to a cramp), a signal that the muscle is responding and the chemical imbalance responsible for the trigger point is being reduced. As a result, the tension caused by muscle tautness and contraction is reduced and the associated pain and discomfort is relieved.

Dry Needling and Acupuncture

There are a number of differences between dry needling and traditional Chinese acupuncture. In dry needling, needles are inserted, gently manipulated and then removed from the body after a short period of time. This process might then be repeated a number of times. By contrast, in acupuncture, the needles may remain in the body for an extended period. Additionally, the treatment of specific neuromuscular problems is the aim of dry needling, whereas acupuncture is primarily concerned with dealing with energy flow in the body and vital organs.

Safe and Relaxing

Although inserting a needle into a trigger point can sometimes create a slight ache, dry needling is both safe and relaxing. There is no sharp pain, and it is often the case that the needle cannot be felt at all. After a dry needling session, some patients may feel a little fatigued but this doesn't last and people are usually able to carry on with their work day, or exercise, as normal. 

Positive Response

In most cases, response to dry needling treatment is positive and immediate, with muscles feeling less taut and tight, and regaining enhanced freedom of movement. For long-term repair and benefit, however, several sessions may be required because trigger points are frequently found to be under deep layers of muscle and so it may take some time for the effects to be fully felt. 

Dry Needling Treats a Variety of Conditions

A wide range of acute and chronic conditions can be treated effectively with dry needling. These include:

  • muscle tightness
  • headaches
  • shin splints
  • hamstring problems
  • back and neck pain
  • sporting injuries

To learn more about dry needling, please visit www.amberlaris.com.au or email us.

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