Dry needling is an effective therapy to treat muscular tension and spasm which commonly accompanies conditions such as back and neck pain, joint pain (knee/hip/shoulder) arthritis, nerve irritation, muscular strain, ligament sprains, herniated discs, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, tennis/golfers elbow.
Dry needling is the use of needles inserted through the skin and into the muscle to release painful myofascial trigger points. Dry needling results in the deepest tissue release allowing for improvements in movement and pain.
When an injury occurs from repetitive use or acute trauma, inflammation will be produced from the damaged tissues. The damaged tissues will also go into a protective tension state or contracture to guard against further damage. This fibrosis and scarring builds up around the muscles and tissues limiting the tissues ability to fully function (lengthen/shorten) and can also cause compression and irritation of nerves (such as sciatica /carpal tunnel).
The dry needle is inserted in a contracted painful muscle breaking the pain cycle as research shows will decrease muscle contraction, reduce chemical irritation, improve flexibility and decrease pain. When a needle is inserted into muscle it will also produce a controlled lesion. The body considers the needle as a foreign invader and will activate the immune system as a response. The cut muscle fibers also produce an inflammatory reaction to reduce inflammation and pain.
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