Dry Needling

dry needlingDry Needling is a treatment technique which is gathering momentum for treating a number of painful conditions. Dry needling has fantastic results treating low back pain, neck pain, headaches, muscle spasm, chronic strains among many, many more areas.

Dry Needling (Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling) is a general term for a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the muscle in the area of the body which produces pain and typically contains a trigger point. Unlike an injection there is no liquid solution involved (hence ‘DRY’) and typically the needle that is used is very thin. Trigger Point Dry Needling is based on Western medical research and principles, whereas acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine.  The main similarity is that the same sterile, disposable solid filament needles are used.  Many practitioners maybe qualified in both Dry Needling and Acupuncture and as such there may be some crossover but this is therapist dependant.

The process of Dry Needling, as stated above, uses a small, solid filament needle which is inserted in a contracted painful knotted muscle to create a local twitch reflex which is both diagnostic and therapeutic as it is the first step in breaking the pain cycle as research shows will decrease muscle contraction, reduce chemical irritation, improve flexibility and decrease pain. You may or may not feel the insertion of the needle. The specific needle manipulation is intended to produce a local twitch response that can elicit a very brief (less than a second) painful response some patients describe as a deep ache or cramping sensation. These sensations and reactions are the therapeutic response which occurs with the elicitation of the local twitch response and is a desirable reaction. Many patients report being sore after the treatment in both the area treated and the area of referred symptoms.  Typically this soreness lasts between a few hours and two days and there is occasional bruising.  Soreness may be alleviated by applying ice or heat to the area and performing specific stretches for the treated muscle.

Dry Needling is now available at The Buckingham Clinic so if you suffer from back pain, neck pain, sore joints, muscular pain or any other ailments why not give us a call?

 

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