Dry Needling

Dry Needling

Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a technique used by physical therapists in which we use very small, thin, needles (the same needles used for acupuncture) to help get muscles to relax. Research has shown that inserting needles into muscle tissue can help increase blood flow and clear out some of the buildup of neurochemicals that have been shown to be found in muscle trigger points or "knots," that do not allow the muscle to relax. You can think of dry needling as an adjunct to massage therapy as it works similarly, but can work deeper into muscles, and can often have faster results.

What type of problems can be treated with dry needling?

Dry needling can help anytime there is increased muscle tension or trigger points that are causing pain, as it can help the muscles to relax. It can also be helpful in treating tension headaches and even dizziness symptoms if they are stemming from the neck or jaw!

What is dry needling?

Blood carries nutrients and oxygen that your muscles need to heal and relax. It’s hard for your muscles to get enough blood flow when they become stressed and tired from overuse. When your muscles lack blood, the tissues around your trigger point become irritated and acidic, leading toincreased pain in the area. Inserting a needle into the trigger point helps to restore normal blood flow and wash away the acidity, thereby helping to decrease pain. Additionally, the insertion of the needle signals your brain to release endorphins, the natural painkillers in your body.
Your therapist palpates the area to locate your trigger point and inserts a needle through the skin into it. They may move the needle a bit to make your muscle twitch or spasm, which is a good sign that your muscle is responding to the treatment. Depending on the technique, the needle may be in place for a few seconds to as long as 20 minutes.
You may feel better immediately after a dry needling treatment, or you may need more than one treatment to feel relief.

Benefits of Dry Needling

When performed by a certified clinician, dry needling is generally safe and effective. The benefits of dry needling include the release of muscle trigger points, which may help relieve muscle pain and stiffness and improve your range of motion.

Call FYZICAL Chastain today to see if you might benefit from dry needling.