Dry Needling 101: Alleviate Your Chronic Pain 

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Effective Dry needling treatment is a treatment where the physician inserts needles into specific areas in the body to alleviate pain and discomfort caused by injuries. This treatment aims to remove any trigger points that may be causing pain or restricting motion. 

The term “dry” refers to this particular treatment normally conducted without any medicine or injection into the body. Instead, a small filament needle is used to help release trigger points that can cause pain or restrict movement throughout the body. In some instances, this approach is an effective treatment for chronic pain.

Intramuscular Sensory Nerve Stimulation for Chronic Pain 

Intramuscular Sensory Nerve Stimulation is one of our most effective therapies, and we have seen it help many people who suffer from chronic pain. It is a simple process that involves inserting beautiful needles into the body to alleviate pain. It’s not the same as acupuncture but uses the same principles. But it can treat chronic pain in various body parts : 

Shoulder pain. 

Shoulder pain caused by tension and tightness in the muscles can be alleviated using dry needling. So this method treats trigger points or hyperirritable spots within the skeletal muscle associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. These trigger points are caused by injury to the muscle that results in inflammation. As a result, this can lead to a buildup of metabolic waste products and a reduction in blood flow to the area. When pressure is applied to these trigger points, they can cause referred pain in other parts of the body and reduce the range of motion.

Hand pain 

Musicians, office workers, and athletes who use their hands regularly may experience hand pain. The pain can be acute or chronic. Acute hand pain is usually caused by an injury, while repetitive motions generally cause chronic hand pain. So this treatment has been used extensively to treat patients with myofascial trigger points in their hands. It’s been shown to decrease pain and improve function in athletes with upper extremity injuries, musicians, and other people who suffer.

Hip pain 

Physical therapists use this method to alleviate chronic hip pain. Many individuals experience knee and hip pain after a car accident due to muscular spasms and nerve root irritation from disc bulges or herniations. So this treatment will reduce muscular spasms, break up trigger points (knots), increase blood flow and decrease nerve root irritation. Incorporating it into your treatment plan will help you return to normal activities faster with less pain and discomfort.

Knee pain

Knee pain can be caused by various factors, including arthritis, ligament sprains, muscle strains, and overuse. But while, treating knee pain using this method involves inserting thin needles into the muscles and connective tissue surrounding the knee. The needles are inserted through the skin and into areas of muscle tension to stimulate healing and reduce pain.

Foot pain 

Foot pain is widespread. You may experience it because of an injury and other conditions, such as plantar fasciitis. There are many different reasons people develop plantar fasciitis, but one of the most common causes is a tight muscle on the bottom of their foot. So when we use this treatment, we’re going in and targeting that tight muscle on the bottom of your foot. And we’re using a tiny needle to go in there and break up those trigger points.  We break up those tight bands to be more flexible and have less pain.

Needling is not a new concept by any means. In fact, in many Asian countries, this treatment has been used for over 2,000 years. The idea stems from an ancient Chinese medical tradition of acupuncture points. Many experts and practitioners will agree that dry needling can effectively treat facial and shoulder pain, low back pain, knee pain, and more. Overall this pain treatment offers a promising alternative to the traditional medicines to treat chronic pain.

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