Are you fed up with your tight muscles? Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Are you looking for a way to relieve that pain you have been experiencing? Consider dry needling! Our patients have come to love this method of treatment as it provides relief without the risks and side effects of pain prescriptions or surgery.
What Is Dry Needling, and How Does It Work
Functional dry needling (sometimes referred to as intramuscular stimulation or IMS) is a modern, science-based treatment that deals with musculoskeletal conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in your body. When your tissue is damaged, inflamed, or irritated, the nearby muscles tend to contract (this causes restriction of blood flow to the area).
The treatment works through inserting needles into the painful knots in your muscles, tendons, ligaments, or near nerves. This, in turn, stimulates a healing response in painful musculoskeletal conditions. When the treatment is applied to a trigger point or dysfunctional muscles, it can reduce banding and tightness in your body. Dry needling increases blood flow and facilitates local and referred pain, while also treating and restoring function in your muscle tissue and helping to achieve a pain-free range of motion.
What Should I Expect From This Powerful Treatment Technique?
During your first session, your practitioner will review your medical history intensively and do a physical examination to determine if you will benefit from the individualized treatment. Your practitioner will then explain the process in detail and ensure that you will be receptive to the treatment. A typical dry needling session takes around 10 to 15 minutes, but your appointment can last up to 45 minutes since dry needling is often incorporated as part of an overall physiotherapy treatment.
Conditions Treated by Dry Needling
Considered an advanced physiotherapy treatment, dry needling may be used to treat:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder impingement
- Tennis elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Knee pain
- Myofascial pain
- Joint problems and overuse injuries
- Spinal issues
- Trigger points
- Shin splints
- Plantar fasciitis
- Low-back pain
- Muscle spasm
- Tight muscles
- Chronic pain and chronic injuries
- Sports injuries
Are There Any Complications That Arise From Trigger Point Dry Needling?
- You may experience soreness right after treatment where your practitioner administered treatment. The soreness usually feels like the aftereffects of a hard workout at the gym. This might not happen, but it is a typical result. Soreness may begin in a few minutes, after a few hours, or the next day. To avoid or reduce soreness, we advise our patients to drink more water for the next 24 hours after your treatment.
- You might notice bruising on areas such as shoulders, chest, face, and portions of the arms and legs as they are more likely to injure than others. If you notice bruising, grab an ice pack to help reduce inflammation and colouring!
- You may feel tired, emotional, giggly, or even energized after your session.
What Are the Benefits of Dry Needling?
- Enhance your overall mobility and enjoy an active lifestyle. When your muscles and joints repeatedly perform the same repetitive movements, you tend to stress specific areas of your body.
- Help your body recover and heal, so that your muscles and joints don’t tense up and affect your overall performance.
- Enhances pain reduction levels and muscle tension This soothes the tension away from your muscles.
- Encourages recovery by reducing pain levels, improving mobility, and thereby shortens recovery times. Therapeutic exercise may also be factored into your overall treatment program.
How Many Dry Needling Treatments Will I Need?
On average, patients require 3-5 treatments to recover, with severe cases needing 6-8 sessions. Typically, physical therapy practitioners use dry needling once or twice per week.
How Safe Is Dry Needling Treatment?
Dry needling is entirely safe. You may experience a minor twitch response, but the process is generally painless. You can put your trust in our highly trained professionals to administer the treatment carefully and appropriately! Each needle is discarded after use, per medically approved standards and practices.
If you’re looking for more information on dry needling or would like to discuss if this kind of therapy is a suitable solution for your pain, schedule a consultation with us today.