Have you heard about dry needling, but don't know what it is? Here are answers to frequently asked questions as well as links to some of the latest research involving this specialty treatment.
DRY NEEDLING, DEFINED
Dry needling is a technique to address muscle pain and dysfunction. Muscles can become unhappy for any number of reasons - from driving in the car too long to sleeping on too soft a mattress. This can cause myofascial trigger points. Trigger points are especially tender areas within muscle. They can cause pain directly where they are located and also can be the source of pain which radiates into other areas. For example, it’s been found that trigger points in the neck can radiate to the ear.
Dry needling involves the use of very small diameter filament needles. They are inserted into the trigger point. The needling treatment usually lasts only a few seconds. After treatment, blood flow and oxygen are restored to the area and the pool of pain-signally chemicals is diluted. This promotes muscle relaxation, improves muscle function, and decreases pain.
Patients may experience soreness after the treatment, which can last anywhere from a few minutes to a day or two.
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