Dry Needling Therapy for Muscle Pain

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It is a visible and tangible source of pain. It is often found to contain numerous knots contracted in the muscle that can be a feeling of tight bands.

What is Dry Needling and How Can it Help You?

It is a visible and tangible source of pain. It is often found to contain numerous knots contracted in the muscle that can be a feeling of tight bands. The "muscle knots" can cause discomfort, restrict movement and hinder performance. If they are not treated they will get worse as time passes. Dry needling at trigger points is a therapy that is used by physical therapists to get rid of trigger points. The procedure involves inserting a thin needle/acupuncture needle through the muscle that is sore or tight. It's known as "dry needling" because, unlike steroid injections the needle is not injected with any substance in the human body. If the needle gets into the muscle knots it triggers the body to twitch, signalling the release or deactivation of the trigger point that is painful. At the cellular level the muscles' physiology alters to absorb calcium better and improve circulation, which can encourage tissue regeneration and speed up healing. This process is comparable to restarting the hard drive of an electronic device.

Dry Needling, Combined With Other Physical Therapy Treatments, Can Help the Following Conditions:

  • Acute and chronic tendonitis/tendinosis
  • Overuse injuries to the body
  • Tightness and discomfort associated with baseball throwing
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic pain disorders
  • Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
  • A frozen shoulder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • The hamstring and the groin strains
  • Whiplash and headaches
  • Pain in the knee and hips
  • IT Band syndrome
  • Muscle spasms
  • Lower back and neck discomfort
  • Post-traumatic injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents and workplace-related injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Sciatic pain
  • Shoulder discomfort
  • Elbow of a golfer or tennis player
  • TMJ
  • There are many other musculoskeletal issues

How Long Does it Take for Dry Needling to Work?

In most cases, the improvement in mobility is felt immediately and less discomfort is evident within 24 hours. It is typical for it to require a few sessions (once each week for 2 to 3 weeks) for a permanent positive result.

What are the Advantages of Dry Needling?

  • Access - The benefit over other methods is that we are able to treat areas of muscles and the more deep layers of muscles that our fingers and hands cannot reach. Additionally, it is more quickly than massage in relaxing the muscles.
  • No drugs - There is no medications used during dry needling. Therefore, we can treat a variety of trigger points throughout each treatment.
  • Instant Relief - The deactivation of trigger points may provide immediate relief from symptoms Then it is possible to immediately stretch and strengthen the muscles to move with their new pain-free movement. This is why results can be achieved by dry needling, which is not possible through any other method.

This Sounds Like Acupuncture

Both of them utilize the same needles however, that's where the similarities come to an end. Our understanding of acupuncture is it's more of an Eastern medicine practice which focuses on energy flow and flow through meridians of the body. In contrast, dry needling is more of an Western medical practice in which we focus on specific areas of pain in the muscles themselves.

Does Dry Needling Hurt?

We employ extremely thin filament needles. The first sensation of the needle passing through the skin is small; it's not as intense as an injection or getting blood drawn. Once the needle has reached muscles, the is more like a cramp that lasts for a short time (15-30 minutes). The soreness of the muscle following treatment could last from 12-24 hours. often referred to as "needle sore" but the long-term effects are worth the effort!

Will Dry Needling Help Me?

For patients who get good results from massage but then are dissatisfied by the pain that comes back Dry needling is the best way to achieve more lasting and longer-lasting relief. Dry Needling lets us treat virtually every muscle in our body and treat the muscles in a way that is not possible using other bodywork techniques. A lot of trigger points are too deep for massage, and even deep tissue work, to effectively treat. Dry needling is an excellent method of getting the most the physical therapy helping us eliminate tight knots and restrictions that have, to now, been difficult to reach.

How Many Needles Will I Need?

It is recommended to begin slowly in the beginning of the session to help you get an experience of the process. The first session will concentrate on the muscles that are the most important to your issues. These muscles can provide the best relief and reduce soreness. In subsequent sessions, you will be able to target more specific areas to enhance the results. Sessions are typically scheduled 7 days apart. You can expect to notice a significant change after only two or three sessions.

How Will I Feel After Dry Needling?

The positive changes have occurred after the session as you will experience less discomfort and improved mobility. This is due to the fact that you'll be painful in the manner you'd feel following working out for a long time. The muscle may feel exhausted and soreness could last for a couple of hours up to one or two days, but it should not affect your normal activities. We suggest that you stay active throughout this period to reduce the soreness to an absolute low level. It is possible to resume your normal exercise routine and fitness routine. After a couple of days and you'll notice a distinct and long-lasting feeling of less tightness and pain. The injury and the pain that you believed was going to be there forever will decrease. If you've had it for a long time, persistent muscular pain, we'd love to have the chance to discuss this option of dry needling treatment in Perth foot focus podiatry in more depth and address any concerns you might have.