Are you always looking forward to a much-awaited rest day? Well if you don’t have any plans on what to do during your day off, then we might have something that is just perfect for you.
Most of the time, people always go for a massage after a long tough day or probably week.
Well, who wouldn’t even want to just lie down and relax as your physical therapist try to get rid of all the stress for you? Having said, there are different kinds of massage treatments that might just work for you. And I believe, dry needling is one of those that you shouldn’t miss out!
Dry needling is a technique that is known to help alleviate pain and movement impairments. From the word itself, dry needling uses a needle inserted through the skin.
But to correct you, dry needling is not acupuncture. Over the years, dry needling has also been proven to help relieve trigger points on some given muscles.
Dry needling is also known as intramuscular stimulation (IMS) is based on a Chinese tradition and is somehow similar to acupuncture.
What is a trigger point in dry needling?
A trigger point is a group of skeletal muscles attached to a larger group of muscles. Usually, trigger points are tender to touch and they are also quite painful.
Some would still ask why is it beneficial to do dry needling when there are traditional massages that could also help combat pain?
Well, dry needling is a technique that may not only relieve pain but it targets and normalizes dysfunctional plates in the body. Dry needling’s goal is to release trigger points to control pain and reduce muscle tension.
What conditions can benefit from dry needling?
Dry needling is not only for pain control. It could also give benefits to several conditions such as the following:
- Calves and Shin Pain
- Neck and Back Pain
- Frozen Shoulder
- Recurring Strain Injuries
- Knee Pain
- Muscle Spasm
Dry Needling Benefits
Dry needling is somewhat like a muscle reset for your body. You will no longer have to endure those tired muscles because dry needling is here to help restore your muscles back to its normal length. Since this technique targets the knots and trigger points, you can be guaranteed that the pain you’re feeling will soon go away.
Regulates Blood Flow
A tight muscle could be another culprit behind those pain and aching body parts. But you do not have to worry anymore because we surely have a solution for that. Since dry needling focuses on the release of trigger points using an ultra-thin needle, it is said to help improve the blood flow.
Our body needs neurotransmitters that are capable of blocking the pain to travel to the brain and to the spinal cord. One proven benefit of dry needling is that it makes the body produce opiate peptides that are just perfect for pain blocking. Having said, this technique could help control the pain or would rather help get rid of the pain.
There have been some studies and reviews about how dry needling was able to be of help to patients when it comes to improving their movements. Since dry needling is said to improve blood flow and it helps alleviate pain, then these factors could also lead to its benefit in improving the range of movements.
Combats Chronic Pain
Dry needling is also used as a technique for much larger treatments. It means it could also be used to treat both acute and chronic pain. Some of the conditions that will benefit from dry needling has been listed above.
Is dry needling safe?
Dry needling has long been proven to be safe to everyone. It’s just that, your physical therapist will have to choose the kind of needle that will be used for you. The size of the needle will be based on the kind of treatment that you will be needing. They will also have to depend on your body size.
Depending on the kind of treatment, there are chances that you can feel a small twitch or prick on the muscle. Your therapist will have to insert the needle on the appropriate area to target the said trigger points.
Undergoing dry needling is not that scary. They used an ultra-thin filiform needle that can penetrate the skin perfectly to target trigger points. What’s good about the needles used for this technique is that they can target tissues that are not even usually noticeable.
Does dry needling have any side effects?
It is quite rare for an individual to report any severe symptoms after dry needling. However, there could also be some mild side effects for some such as bleeding, soreness, and bruising. But no worry because these side effects are only temporary. Give it a little time and they will also disappear.
Side effects or irritations from dry needling only takes into account if the needles used upon procedure are non-sterile. This is why it is always best to ask your physical therapist to use sterile needles to avoid blood-borne diseases that could lead to negative side effects.
It is no doubt that dry needling has proven positive effects too. You may also check out some reviews about how dry needling has been of help to patients. Side effects are not that much of a threat since you can always prevent them from happening if you just ensure your physical therapist about the sterile needles.
So if you would like to get undergo muscle reset or treatment that will surely get rid of the pain you’re feeling, then dry needling is never a second option.