What is dry needling therapy?
Dry needling is the use of needles for therapy of muscle pain, including pain related to myofascial pain syndrome. In the treatment of trigger points or myofascial pain, dry needling is a procedure in which a needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. Dry needling of a myofascial trigger point will elicit a local twitch response (LTD), which is an involuntary reflex in which the muscle fibres in the taut band of muscle contract. The LTR indicates the proper placement of the needle in a trigger point. Dry needling that elicits LTRs improves treatment outcomes.
The difference between dry needling & acupuncture?
Dry needling is performed using acupuncture type needless to treat the musculoskeletal and nervous systems based on modern neuroanatomy science. Acupuncture falls within the scope of traditional Chinese medicine. It would be incorrect to refer to a practitioner of Dry Needling as an “Acupuncturists” since Dry Needling practitioners do not use traditional meridians.
Dry needling is the modality of choice when it comes to treating acute injuries, muscle spasms or muscle pattern imbalances. It is very common to intimate dry needling at the beginning of your treatment program in order to break the pain cycle. Once that is achieved, other treatment options are introduced. Further benefits include increased energy levels, reduction in pain, improved range of motion, better appetits and sleep.