Alleviating Pain and Discomfort
Dry needling therapy is a form of treatment that involves the insertion of fine needles into the skin and underlying tissues to alleviate pain and discomfort. It is often used as a complementary therapy to other forms of physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Unlike traditional acupuncture, which is based on traditional Chinese medicine and aims to balance the body’s energy flow, dry needling is based on modern Western medicine and targets specific trigger points in the muscles and connective tissues.
The needles used in dry needling are very thin and do not inject any medication or fluid into the body. Instead, they are inserted into the muscles or other soft tissues at specific points known as trigger points. These trigger points are areas of tightness or knotting within the muscle fibers that can cause pain and discomfort.
When the needle is inserted into the trigger point, it can cause a twitch response, which is a brief involuntary contraction of the muscle fibers. This twitch response can help to release tension in the muscle and improve blood flow, which can reduce pain and inflammation.
How can dry needling therapy
care help you?
Dry needling therapy is often used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, including neck and back pain, headaches, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, and plantar fasciitis. It can also be used to treat chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome.
The treatment is typically performed by a licensed healthcare professional, such as a physical therapist, chiropractor, or physician. The number of needles used and the length of the treatment session will depend on the individual patient’s condition and symptoms.
Dry Needling is a safe and effective treatment
While dry needling is generally considered safe, there are some risks associated with the procedure. The most common side effect is temporary soreness or bruising at the insertion site.
Dry needling therapy is a safe and effective treatment option for many musculoskeletal conditions. It is a non-invasive, drug-free treatment that can provide relief from pain and discomfort without the need for surgery or medication.
Ripple Health Clinic
If you are suffering from chronic pain or a musculoskeletal condition, talk to your Ripple Health Clinic provider to see if dry needling therapy may be a good option for you.