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What are the benefits of dry needling and is it suitable for you? First, let's get something out of the way. Dry needling and acupuncture are two different things. Yes, they both use needles, and the treatment method is ...
What are the benefits of dry needling and is it suitable for you? First, let’s get something out of the way. Dry needling and acupuncture are two different things. Yes, they both use needles, and the treatment method is similar, however, one of them is based on energy while the other is a modern approach that focuses on trigger points.
Sticking needles in your body? At first, dry needling might sound like a painful torture method, but it is proven that it results in quite the opposite. If you’ve ever wondered if you should try it, we’re going to give you the reasons to do so.
Physical therapists are able to identify where these “knots” or trigger points can be found. Afterward, they use the needles that can help restore and relax your muscles back to their normal state. It’s like turning a muscle off and then back on.
The ultra-thin needles stay in your skin for a short amount of time. That helps to relax the muscle tissues, resulting in better blood flow. Proper blood circulation is vital for the human body and health overall.
Dry needling, while piercing the tissues, provokes the body to release feel good hormones. That works to stop the pain information transmission to the brain. It works like an anti-pain pill. Dry needling does not only help in acute types of pain. It is also used in many more complex treatment plans to help relieve conditions such as headaches, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, etc.
Stiffness is one of the enemies that dry needling eliminates. While improving blood flow, and decreasing pain, it can help to increase the range of motion of the patient. Easing the trigger points improves flexibility. This is the reason why many sports injuries and muscle pain are often treated with dry needling.
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…if you are ready to experience the benefits of dry needling, call us today. A physical therapist certified in dry needling can help you release trigger points, increase blood flow, and reduce pain. Contact us today.