What is dry needling?
Dry needling is a new-age treatment designed to ease muscular pain. Its popularity is growing.
During dry needling, a Physiotherapist inserts several filiform needles into your tissue. Filiform needles are fine, short, thin needles that don’t inject fluid and drug into the body. That’s why the term “dry” is used.
Physiotherapist place the needles in “trigger points” in your muscle or tissue. Dry needling is also sometimes called intramuscular stimulation. The points are areas of knotted or hard muscle.
This helps release the knot and relieve any muscle pain or spasms. The needles will remain in your tissue for a short period. The length of time depends on the problem you have.
One form of dry needling use techniques called pistoning or sparrow pecking. Both of these techniques rely on in-and-out needle insertion. In other words, the needles don’t stay inserted in the tissue for long. The needles prick the trigger points and are then removed after feeling a twitch in the tissue. That means knot has got released.
Non-trigger point technique
Other forms of dry needling techniques treat a broader concept of the central nervous system. This is called non-trigger point dry needling. Instead of inserting needles only in the pain area, the practitioner may
insert needles in areas around the point of pain instead of directly on it.
This technique relies on the idea that pain is the result of a greater nerve or muscular issue, not just focused on the main area of pain.
What are the benefits of dry needling?
Dry needling provides relief for some muscular pain and stiffness.
Besides, easing the trigger points may improve flexibility and increase range of motion. That’s why this method is often used to treat sports injuries, muscle pain, and even fibromyalgia pain.
We at Nexus Clinic use Western Medical Acupuncture- WMA ( Dry Needling technique widely used in western countries nowadays. That includes trigger point release as well as taking inspiration from holistic acupuncture points as well. That ensures maximum relief. )