Have you been hearing about “dry needling” and the benefits? You may not be sure what this treatment is, why it’s used in physical therapy, or how it can help you recover from injuries, movement impairments, and musculoskeletal pain. So let’s get into the details. Read on, and Gen Physio will explain what dry needling is, how it works, and how it can benefit you.
What Is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a treatment where a very thin needle is placed into the skin and into the muscle tissue. This is done on certain “trigger points” of the body that can cause pain and movement impairments.
Dry needling stimulates blood flow and the body’s natural ability to heal and also causes your brain to release endorphins that help reduce pain and discomfort.
We should also note that dry needling is not the same thing as acupuncture. Acupuncture is based on Eastern medicine and is generally considered to be a type of pseudoscience. In contrast, dry needling is based on Western medicine and must be practised by a certified physical therapist or similar healthcare professional. It has been shown to be effective in many clinical tests.
So while both dry needling and acupuncture use very thin needles to treat various conditions in the body, that’s where the similarity ends. They are very different treatments and are used for very different reasons.
How Can Dry Needling Help Me? Understanding The Benefits
Not sure if dry needling is a good choice for your needs? Let’s explore a few benefits of the treatment now.
- Reduce pain – Research has shown that dry needling can be very helpful in pain reduction, particularly in those who suffer from chronic pain in the shoulder, neck, heel, and back.
- Improve range of motion – By treating certain myofascial “trigger points,” dry needling can help treat tight muscles and improve the overall range of motion and movement.
- Enhance blood flow – After dry needling, blood flow to the treated area is increased, which helps promote healing in the treated site, and improves the tissue’s supply of oxygen.
It’s also important to note that dry needling is not meant as a standalone procedure. While it can be helpful on its own, it’s much more effective in concert with other physical therapy techniques like stretching, exercise, and other traditional physical therapy interventions.
Contact Gen Physio For The Treatment You Need – We Come To You!
At Gen Physio, our physical therapists offer a wide variety of treatment plans. From traditional stretching and therapy to dry needling and more, we do it all – and we come to you in Queensland, Victoria, and northern New South Wales.
Our mobile physiotherapists will come directly to your door to provide you with the care you need on your schedule. Don’t wait. Get started today by contacting us online or giving us a call at 1300 122 884.