This modern treatment (also known as intramuscular stimulation) is designed to ease muscular pain, and is typically used to treat sports injuries, muscle pain, and even fibromyalgia pain. While dry needling may sound intimidating, this procedure is safe, causes minimal discomfort, and is an effective treatment option for many patients.
Before proceeding, it’s important to note that dry needling and acupuncture are not the same. They both use similar tools, but dry needling is rooted in Western medicine, while acupuncture is based on Eastern medicine. In dry needling, a thin monofilament needle pierces the skin and treats underlying muscular trigger points (knotted areas in a muscle fiber that can disrupt function and can be painful when touched) to increase a patient’s range of motion that may have been limited due to muscle tightness or scarring.
More specifically, dry needling has been used to treat migraine and tension headaches, jaw problems, joint problems, whiplash, pelvic pain, spinal problems, phantom pain, and repetitive motion disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome.
Dry needling changes the way that the brain and muscles talk to each other, allowing patients’ systems to return to a more normal movement pattern.This technique specifically treats muscle tissue to reduce pain and restore function, and it is seldom used as a standalone procedure. Instead, it is typically part of a broader treatment plan incorporating other traditional interventions (like physical therapy and education) into treatment.
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