Dry needling, also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling, is the use of needles for the management of pain. The needles can be either solid filiform or hollow-core type.

 

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is the process of inserting thing filament needle into the muscle trigger points, tendons, fascia, ligaments, etc. This helps in stimulating the healing process of the soft tissue and results in pain relief and reduction in muscle tension.

Is dry needling painful?

No, dry needling isn’t painful. Yes the needles are inserted through the skin, but the needles are very fine and thin. Under expert hands, they’re not felt. Some people might feel a brief local twitch response or mild pain sensation such as tingling, cramping or cramping sensation.

Dry needling VS Acupuncture

Dry needling is often associated with acupuncture as both use the needles for the healing process. They claim that it can’t be considered under the physical therapy as it involves minimal surgery (insertion of a needle through the skin).

However, dry needling can be well differentiated from acupuncture on the basis of objectives and philosophy behind both. Unlike acupuncture, which uses the Chinese points of insertion. Dry needling uses trigger points to decide points of insertion.

Benefits of Dry Needling

Dry needling is beneficial for relieving a variety of musculoskeletal problems including:

  • – Acute injuries
  • – Chronic injuries
  • – Muscle spasms
  • – Fibromyalgia
  • – Plantar Fasciitis
  • – Shin splints
  • – Ball of foot pain
  • – Calf pain
  • – Tendinitis
  • – Hip pain
  • – Knee pain
  • – Sciatica

Research has shown dry needling to be helpful in improving pain control, electrical and biochemical dysfunction of motor endplates and reducing muscle tension.

Consult a podiatrist at ACE Podiatry to discuss your condition in detail to see if dry needling is beneficial to your specific condition.

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