How Does Dry Needling Work?
There have been numerous studies showing that Dry Needling is an effective treatment for pain. Research shows that it leads to improved function in areas with trigger points that are dysfunctional, in a variety of ways, such as:
- Increased inflammatory chemical mediators
- Increase local pH and electrical activity
- Reduced tension in the muscle.
- Rebooting the nervous system to restore normal neural input
- The process of inserting a metal object into the tissue disturbs the muscles electrical activity, sort of like sticking a metal screw driver into a circuit board, which short circuits the system and causes the nervous system to essentially reboot itself.
- Our team will examine you to see if trigger points could be a source of your pain or dysfunction.
How is Dry Needling Performed?
Dry needling involves a small diameter metal filament form needle. Patients usually have 2 or 3 muscles that contain trigger points in a region. The technique is aimed at achieving what is called a “latent twitch response”. This is seen as a twitch of the muscle, that deactivates the trigger point. The latent twitch response in the trigger point will then feel achy and crampy. The area will usually feel sore for an hour, possibly for a day or two. The needles used for the trigger points are very small and most people do not even feel the needle inter the skin during the procedure.
How is Dry Needling Different than Acupuncture?
This is a common question as the two techniques have separate histories, yet utilize a common tool, the metal filament needle. Similar to all tools, they can be used quite different, and for different purposes. A person that receives an acupuncture treatment and a Dry Needling treatment may feel similar when the needle is inserted but the specifics of treatment and reasoning to where needles are inserted varies.
What is a Trigger Point?
These spots develop after a car accident or sports injuries and are essentially a point where a knot is formed in a muscle that is traumatically injured or overused. It can be painful and the muscle is stuck in that position. There is a biochemical imbalance and dysfunction which Dry Needling helps restore to normal.