28 Feb The Benefits of Dry Needling
It might sound like a painful experience, but dry needling has helped numerous people to find relief for their pains and aches. Dry needling is also known as intramuscular stimulation (IMS) or myofascial trigger point dry needling. Dry needling utilises the same thin needles used in acupuncture.
Dry needling requires a skilled practitioner to insert the needles into the skin and the muscle to directly target trigger points that are causing you pain. If you’ve heard about this type of therapy and you’re wondering how it can benefit you, we have some information to help you.
Relax Your Tight Muscles
If you have a number of tight muscles, you may have ‘trigger points’ or ‘knots’ in the muscles that are in pain. Dry needling helps to restore your muscles back to their normal length and the needles almost act like their own ‘reset’ buttons. Resetting the muscle back to their normal length is considered to be done via a twitch response that occurs from altering the electrical activity within the muscle region.
Improving Blood Flow
When your muscles are tightened and you’re experiencing trigger points and pain, dry needling helps to relieve these issues. The result? Increased blood flow throughout your system and through your relaxed muscles. This will help with overall wellbeing and the relief of pains.
One thing that dry needling provides to many people is a decrease in pain levels. This therapy is thought to help release peptides such as beta-endorphins, enkephalins and dynorphins. The release of these neurotransmitters sends various signals to your brain such as reducing pain information.
Treat Chronic Pain
Suffering from chronic pain can be a huge burden on your everyday living. Chronic pain can seriously limit what you do each day and can be quite debilitating. Dry needling has helped numerous patients to see an overall decrease in chronic pain conditions such as back pain, neck pain, tennis and golf elbow and shoulder pains.
Improved Range of Movement
When you suffer from aches and pains, you are more likely to reduce your range of motion. In an attempt to stop the pain, you may try to stop yourself from making the pain worse. For example, if you have a painful neck, you may try to limit the amount you move your neck in an attempt to stop the pain from worsening.
When you go to a dry needling therapy session, you will likely see an improved range of movement in the associated muscles. By being able to move your muscles more freely, you’ll be stopping additional pains and trigger points from occurring.
What Can Dry Needling Treat?
Trigger points have been identified in a number of different diagnoses. Dry needling is thought to be able to help:
- Computer-related disorders
- Carpal tunnel
- Joint dysfunction
- Spinal injury/pain
If you’re unsure if dry needling is the best option for you, a practitioner who is skilled and experienced will be able to assist you by determining if dry needling is the best choice for you.
If you’re thinking about dry needling as an alternative therapy for your aches and pains, Unwind Myotherapy is here to help. Situated in North Balwyn, we have an experienced team who can assist with all forms of myotherapy and dry needling. Have a chat with us today about your needs or book an appointment online today.