Dry Needling Technique
Dry Needling is an advanced form of treatment that uses solid monofilament acupuncture type needles to treat muscles and other soft tissue pain. It is commonly employed for the patients who are suffering from myofascial trigger points and myofascial pain syndromes. Most of the musculoskeletal conditions would be characterised with the presence of one or more myofascial trigger points in the muscles. So treating these trigger points is crucial for pain relief and for functional recovery.
Trigger points in Hamstrings and quadriceps can cause knee pain, calf muscles can cause leg pain and night cramps, gluteal muscle can cause pain in the buttock. Similarly trigger points from arm muscles can cause wrist and forearm pain. Hence resolving these trigger points becomes imperative in overall pain management. Similarly all regional pain conditions like shoulder pain/stiffness, tennis elbow, TMD, post trauma and post-surgery, trigger points do exist that causes pain. Unless these trigger points are treated, the patient will have lasting pain that does not respond to any other treatment.
Dry needling aims to deactivate the Myofascial trigger points by releasing the trigger point knots and hence the patient gets pain relief and restores his normal pain free movement.
It is different from acupuncture in terms of treatment principles and philosophy and dry needling is utterly coming under the western medical system, whereas acupunctures originates from eastern medical system.
The treatment would last somewhere from three minutes to seven minutes. Since it is a small monofilament needle, it won’t bleed during the procedure. The needles are single use sterile needles and we use very clean technique, hence there is absolutely no risk of infection. Post needling exercises would be taught. Patient would feel might needle soreness that would disappear in a day or two. If the indication is correct, the needling will take away the original pain.
There are many conditions that can be treated by Dry needling technique. Some of them includes Osteoarthritis knee, Plantar fasciitis, Tennis Elbow, Golfers elbow, Dequervain’stenosynovitis, trigger finger, TMD, Headache, Sports injures, Post fracture and post-surgery pain, patellar pain syndrome, Hamstring strain, night cramps etc.
Dry Needling is an evidenced based treatment approach and so many randomized controlled trails and systematic reviews supports its clinical efficacy in Musculo-skeletal pain conditions. For further information about dry needling, visit our dry needling website www.dryneedlingassociation.com
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