Dry needling: How can it help relieve pain?

Dry needling is a relatively new modality used by physical therapists and chiropractors to help relieve pain. It is said to be more effective than traditional acupuncture, and there is some scientific evidence to support this claim. Let’s take a closer look at dry needling and how it can help you find relief from chronic pain.

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is a technique that involves inserting thin needles into the skin at specific points. These points are typically located where the muscles have knots or trigger points. The needles are inserted just below the skin’s surface and are not meant to penetrate deep into the muscle tissue.

Dry needling is often used as a treatment for myofascial pain syndrome, which is a condition that causes pain in the muscles and connective tissue. The goal of dry needling is to release these knots or trigger points, which can help to relieve pain.

There is controversy surrounding dry needling, as with any alternative treatment. Some people believe it is an effective treatment, while others are unsure. If you are considering dry needling, you must speak with your doctor or healthcare provider first to see if it is right for you.

How does it work?

The exact mechanism by which dry needling works is not fully understood, but it is thought to stimulate the release of chemicals that help to reduce pain and inflammation. It is also believed to help break up muscles and connective tissue adhesions, leading to improved range of motion and reduced pain.

Dry needling is a minimally invasive procedure that involves inserting skinny needles into the skin and muscles. It is sometimes used to treat myofascial pain syndrome, tension headaches, and trigger points.

The procedure is generally well-tolerated, but some side effects can be, including bruising, soreness, and bleeding. Dry needling should only be performed by a trained professional.

What are the benefits?

There are many potential benefits of dry needling, including:

 

-Reducing pain

Dry needling can be effective in reducing pain, both chronic and acute. A 2013 systematic review and meta-analysis of dry needling for trigger points found that dry needling was more effective than no treatment or sham treatment (where the needle does not pierce the skin) for reducing pain.

 

-Improving range of motion

Dry needling can also help to improve the range of motion. A 2017 systematic review and meta-analysis of dry needling for musculoskeletal conditions found that dry needling was more effective than no treatment or sham treatment for improving the range of motion in the shoulder, elbow, and knee.

 

-Reducing muscle tension

Dry needling can help to reduce muscle tension. A 2013 systematic review and meta-analysis of dry needling for trigger points found that dry needling was more effective than no treatment or sham treatment for reducing muscle tension.

 

-Improving function

Dry needling can also help to improve function. A 2017 systematic review and meta-analysis of dry needling for musculoskeletal conditions found that dry needling was more effective than no treatment or sham treatment for enhancing the role in the shoulder, elbow, and knee.

Dry needling

There are several potential benefits of dry needling, including reducing pain, improving range of motion, reducing muscle tension, and improving function.

Dry needling is a minimally invasive procedure that can be an effective treatment for many different types and causes of pain. It is safe, well tolerated, and has few side effects.

If you are experiencing pain preventing you from living your life to the fullest, dry needling may be a treatment option worth considering. Talk to your doctor or a trained practitioner to see if dry needling is suitable for you.

Is it safe?

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Dry needling is considered a safe modality when performed by a trained professional. There is a risk of minor side effects, such as bruising or soreness at the needle site, but these are typically short-lived and not serious. Some people may experience brief dizziness or lightheadedness when the needle is inserted, but this usually goes away quickly.

Conclusion

If you are struggling with chronic pain, dry needling may be worth considering as a treatment option. It is essential to discuss it with your doctor or physical therapist beforehand to ensure that it is appropriate for you and to determine whether there are any risks involved. Lakeside Sports Chiropractic and Physical Therapy has a team of highly trained professionals who can help you find relief from chronic pain. Contact us today to learn more.

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