What is Functional Dry Needling
The focus of the Functional Dry Needling is treatment for pain management and sport related injuries. This technique is unequaled in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits.
Dry Needling is a general term for a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves multiple advances of an acupuncture needle into the “Trigger Point” of the muscle, which is most often the pain generating side. Most patients will not even feel the needle penetrate the skin, but once it has and is advanced into the muscle, the feeling of discomfort can vary from patient to patient. Usually a healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of the needle; however, if the muscle is sensitive or has active trigger points within it, the subject may feel a sensation much like a muscle cramp. Patients soon learn to recognize and even welcome this sensation as it results in reducing pain and restoring normal function of the involved muscle. Typically positive results are apparent within 2-4 treatment sessions but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms and overall health of the patient.
The most common cause of nerve irritation and neuropathic pain is underlying spinal degeneration which can be a result of trauma and/or normal wear and tear. Trauma irritates the nerves where they exit the spine and leads to pain along the distribution of the nerve. When the nerve is aggravated, muscle dysfunction can occur. The introduction of a dry needle into the active trigger sites of these muscles can provide enormous relief of symptoms.
Dry Needling may be used for orthopaedic injuries such as:
-Medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints)
-Rotator cuff injuries
Kinetacore Dry Needling
ReActive Physiotherapy offers dry needling as a treatment option. If you are interested or have questions on whether this procedure would help with your pain relief, please call 519.601.5522