While the name of the procedure may sound intimidating, dry needling is safe, minimally discomforting and often an effective technique for patients with certain musculoskeletal presentations.
Dry needling is a therapeutic procedure performed by qualified healthcare practitioners such as physiotherapists. It involves the insertion of thin needles into specific trigger points within muscles, tendons, or connective tissues to relieve pain, promote tissue healing, and restore optimal function. Unlike traditional acupuncture, dry needling focuses on targeting myofascial trigger points directly.
It’s important to note dry needling is not the same as acupuncture. It uses similar tools, but that’s where the similarities end. While acupuncture focuses on balancing energy flow, dry needling directly targets musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. By inserting fine, solid needles into specific trigger points in muscles or connective tissues, physiotherapists aim to elicit a response that promotes healing, reduces pain, and restores function.
During your dry needling session at E3 Chiropractic + Wellness, your physiotherapist will first conduct a thorough assessment to identify the trigger points causing your pain or dysfunction.
They will then insert fine, sterile needles into these specific points. The sensation is often described as a brief twinge or muscle twitch followed by a feeling of relaxation. Sessions typically last around 30 minutes, and the number of treatments required depends on the individual's condition.
From acute sports injuries to chronic musculoskeletal pain, dry needling has proven to be a valuable tool in the hands of these experienced professionals.
Dry needling offers a multitude of benefits for patients seeking relief from pain and enhanced physical function. Some advantages include:
Pain relief: By targeting trigger points, dry needling can alleviate both acute and chronic pain conditions, including headaches, back pain, and joint pain.
Improved muscle function: The technique helps release muscle tension and restore optimal muscle length, leading to improved strength, flexibility, and overall movement.
Enhanced healing: Dry needling stimulates blood circulation, promotes tissue healing, and accelerates recovery from injuries, allowing you to get back to your active lifestyle sooner.
Complementary treatment: Dry needling can be used alongside other physiotherapy modalities to enhance their effectiveness, such as exercise therapy, manual therapy, or electrotherapy.
The clinic is home to a team of highly skilled physiotherapists who specialize in musculoskeletal conditions and possess extensive training in dry-needling techniques. With their expertise, they can accurately assess your needs and develop tailored treatment plans to optimize your healing journey.