Des Moines Physical Therapy Dry needling is a technique that reduces muscle tension, decreases pain, and stimulates the healing process. This treatment involves the use of very thin microfilament needles to acupuncture the body. Sometimes, light electric stimulation may be applied to the needles to help us achieve faster results. Dry needling sessions last between 10-20 minutes. After that, moist heat is applied to treatment areas and gentle massage follows.
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Dry needling differs from acupuncture. Acupuncture can be described as traditional Chinese medicine. According to Acupuncturists, the majority of illnesses in the body can be attributed to disruptions of Qi (natural energy flow). Acupuncturists believe that by placing needles at specific points (acupuncture points), they can restore the energy flow. There is ample evidence that acupuncture can be effective in certain conditions. Acupuncture has existed for thousands of years.
Des Moines Physical Therapy Dry needling is a more musculoskeletal method. The purpose of treatment is to reduce muscle tension, and pain, and stimulate healing.
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WHAT IS DRYING NEEDLING?
Reduced muscle tension can be caused by muscle knots, also known as trigger points. These are taut muscle fibers that cause pain, both local and referred. You will find several if you look between your shoulder and neck.
These areas can be treated with dry needling to relieve tension and pain. There will be times when the muscle involuntarily twitches one or two times. This is known as the “twitch reaction”. This is what we call “hitting the reset” on the muscle.
Reduce pain. Muscle tension is a common cause of pain. Trigger points, which are trigger points, can cause muscle tension. Trigger points can either cause local pain (wherever they are) or referred (wherever they are not). One common example is the trigger point in your trapezius muscles (the one that runs from your neck to your shoulders). These trigger points can often be described as pain at the base of your skull or behind your eye. It may feel like you are having a headache.
Stimulate Healing. Damaged tissue can become “stagnant,” which means it doesn’t perform as well as normal, healthy tissue. Dry needling “wakes up” the tissue by creating microtrauma. A small, acute trauma triggers a mild inflammatory response that kickstarts the natural healing process. The exercise follows a similar pattern. To build muscle again, we gently break it down.
Conditions successfully managed in Des Moines by dry needling:
- Tension Headaches
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Shoulder Pain
- Hip Pain
- IT Band Syndrome
- Runner’s Knee
- Neck Pain