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What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a treatment that involves the insertion of a very thin needle into trigger points or tight muscles of your body. The main purpose is to improve tissue healing and restore muscle function.
Dry needling is known to help with:
How does Dry Needling works!
Frankly just sticking a dry needle into your skin and magically making you feel better. There is some science involved. Needling creates a lesion(on purposely) that starts a process of physiological mechanisms remodeling injured and inflamed soft tissue.
Overall, what makes needling effective is that it basically encourages your body to fix the injury and reduce the pain by naturally healing itself.These include inhibiting the transmission of pain signals in our spinal cord and increasing the release of our own pain relieving chemicals within our brains. The pain relieving effect of dry needling is gaining strong support in mainstream Western medicine, with public hospital systems now directly funding its use.
What do I feel during Dry Needling session?
Generally, it's just a prickle!
The local twitch response or sudden slight contraction of the muscle may provoke a very brief pain response. This has been described as an electric shock or a cramping sensation. A therapeutic response occurs with the elicitation of local twitch responses and that is a good and desirable reaction.
During treatment, and depending on the dry needling technique used, patients commonly experience heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling or relaxation. Following this technique some muscle soreness may be felt up to 24-48 hrs. The application of heat or ice depending of the needling site and drinking plenty of fluids usually reduces the soreness.