Everything you need to know about Dry Needling
Are you unsure of exactly what dry-needling is? Or whether it is the right treatment for you? Let us provide you with answers to some of the most FAQ's we get!
What is dry-needling and what does the treatment process look like?
Dry needling is a skill intervention that is used by physiotherapists to treat a variety of conditions. Dry needling uses acupuncture needles to stimulate trigger points and release tight muscle bands in order to decrease pain and improve functionality. During this treatment, a thin filiform needle will penetrate the skin to stimulate myofascial trigger points, muscular and connective tissue. This treatment technique relieves neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.
When a patient walks through the doors of Mainway Physiotherapy, physiotherapists determine whether they will need dry-needling as a part of their treatment. Typically, dry-needling isn’t usually the only treatment that a patient will undergo as we also provide them with a combination of manual therapy, exercise prescription and guidance and education regarding his/her condition and management strategies.
When it comes to injuries, treatments are extremely individualized depending on the person, therefore it is difficult to determine how many sessions someone will need before being on the road to recovery. On average, our patients who are treated with dry-needling will notice positive results after approximately 3-4 treatments.
The physiotherapists at our clinic emphasize the importance of continuing to strengthen the injured muscles after the treatment sessions are completed in order to achieve the best long term results.
How does this treatment alleviate the stress of injuries?
It's simple! When a part of your body is injured, the area is inflamed and the muscles tighten. When this occurs, the circulation to that particular area changes which in turn changes the blood flow to that area. When the dry-needles penetrate the skin, the needles release tight muscles which improves the circulation and elastibility of the muscle.
Although dry-needling can be used as a treatment for many different injuries, some of the most common injuries that we treat with this practice includes:
- Tennis elbow
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Back pain
- Tightness in the lower body (hamstrings, gluteals, calves)
- Tightness in the neck muscles
- Athletic injuries
Dry-needling is an up and coming treatment in the world of injuries. This is because it is an extremely mobile form of therapy which makes working on the go easier than ever. Next time you are at a sporting event, we can almost guarantee that there will also be a registered physiotherapist with dry-needling equipment.
Are you interested in learning more about dry-needling or other treatments that Mainway Physiotherapy has to offer? Don’t hesitate to contact our office for more information.