how does dry needling help

how does dry needling help

October 12, 2023

how does dry needling help

EHS Physical Therapy & Chiropractic

How Does Dry Needling Help?

Dry needling is a physical therapy technique that uses needles to relax muscle tension, relieve tendonitis and inflammation, and promote healing. It’s an effective treatment for conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee osteoarthritis and migraine headaches. Dry needling works by stimulating the body’s natural healing process, drawing nutrient-rich blood to the site and dissipating inflammatory mediators. This can improve pain control, correct motor end plate dysfunctions and expedite active rehabilitation back to normal. Visit our dry needling page to learn more.

Reduces Pain

Dry needling can enhance physical therapy‘s recovery process and encourage healing by eliminating potential trigger points. Trigger points are knotted muscles that cause pain and restrict movement. They may be caused by physical activity, stress, or injury and left untreated can cause other parts of your body to hurt and become sensitive to touch. When left untreated, trigger points may spread throughout your body creating an uncomfortable environment for you and limiting movement.

A trained therapist can identify these trigger points and insert needles directly into them to reduce pain and increase flexibility. Some people feel immediate relief after a session, while others may need additional sessions for full relief. If you’re experiencing back pain and sciatica, dry needling might be a helpful treatment option.

Relieves Tension

Dry needling is an effective treatment for muscles that have not responded to traditional physical therapy treatments such as stretching or massage. It’s especially useful for athletes, since it eliminates restrictive muscle knots that reduce movement, speed and power.

At a dry needling session, our doctors and physical therapists insert needles into areas on your body that have trigger points – those muscle knots that cause pain when touched or moved. To schedule an appointment with our team of specialists, visit our contact page.

Reduces Inflammation

Dry needling is an effective way to reduce inflammation in the body. Inserting needles into trigger points releases natural chemicals in muscles which help decrease pain levels, such as bradykinin, CGRP, substance P, tumor necrosis factor, interleukin-1 and serotonin.

Research has confirmed that dry needling is a safe, effective treatment for myofascial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia, two conditions characterized by widespread muscle pain and tenderness around trigger points in the fascia – connective tissue that surrounds and supports all muscles, nerves and blood vessels – located around and beneath your skin.

Increases Flexibility

Dry needling has often been known to increase flexibility. Tight muscles can lead to decreased range of motion and stiffness, which in turn limits your ability to do what you enjoy most – move, stretch, and exercise!

Dry needling, the practice of stimulating myofascial trigger points (muscle knots) with fine filament needles, increases blood flow and flexibility in muscles so you can return to an active lifestyle. Not only that but dry needling also enhances range of motion and speeds up recovery time for injuries.

Trigger point dry needling can be used to benefit a range of conditions, including low back pain/tension, neck pain, tennis elbow, shoulder impingement, shin splints, sciatica and knee/hip problems. When used in combination with manual therapy and therapeutic exercises to retrain tissue and increase flexibility. To learn more about our services, visit our home page.

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