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Dry Needling is increasingly becoming popular amongst physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy and physician’s clinics as it is very effective in treating myofascial dysfunctions and stubborn, tight muscles that are difficult to release.

This technique involves repeated insertion of an acupuncture needle into the muscle belly (often in the trigger or motor point) until both the patient and the practitioner feel a local twitch response. This twitch “resets” the tight muscle, allowing it to relax and lengthen to its normal position, thereby decreasing pain. Dry needling can even be used at each spinal segment, which corresponds to the symptoms felt in the extremities (arm, leg), which further helps to relax the entire neurological system, in turn, calming down the musculoskeletal system.

It is quite popular in the athletic populations, which are prone to tight muscles due to a repetitive motion in sport. It is also very useful for patients who have neuropathic pain of a chronic nature.

Dry needling has been shown to be effective in pain management by stimulating “information receiving” nerves that helps block the typical response to pain. This is believed to be caused by a stretch in the muscle due to relaxation from the insertion onto trigger points. Although no long term effects have been evaluated, there is a short term be benefit in increasing joint range of motion in addition to the pain relieving affects.
Dry needling may be useful to help improve athletic performance due to the recorded benefits. Repetitive motions made in sport can cause tightness in muscles and cause pain in their respective joints. With the use of dry needling, athletes may be able to recover more effectively from training and competition. This has been shown by including dry needling during a competition phase for elite volleyball players; the dry needling also prevented the progression of existing injuries during their competitive phase.

Dry needling is backed more by Western medicine theories than Eastern philosophies and for this reason, it is recommended by many more physicians that have not allowed themselves to fully accept acupuncture and its eastern approach. Having said this, acupuncture can also be explained by Western theories, especially in the treatment for musculoskeletal conditions; this fact, along with the research supporting its effectiveness, has won many doctors over during the last 30 years.

Our Physiotherapist teaches Dry Needling theory and clinical application continuously throughout the year to a large population of health care professionals including Physiotherapists, Doctors, Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists and Naturopaths.

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