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What is dry needling and how can it help you?

  • 25 January 2023
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Dry needling is a form of therapy that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body, known as trigger points. The goal of dry needling is to release muscle tension and reduce pain.

Proponents of dry needling argue that it is a highly effective treatment for a wide range of conditions, including chronic pain, muscle tension, and injuries. Research has shown that dry needling can be effective in reducing pain and improving function in people with conditions such as back pain, neck pain, and tennis elbow.

One of the main mechanisms by which dry needling is thought to work is by releasing muscle tension and reducing pain. When a needle is inserted into a trigger point, it creates a small injury in the muscle tissue. This injury triggers a healing response, which causes the muscle to relax and reduces pain.

In addition to its ability to reduce pain and muscle tension, dry needling has also been shown to improve range of motion and increase blood flow to the treated area. This can lead to faster healing and improved function.

Despite its effectiveness, dry needling is not without its risks. As with any medical procedure, there is a risk of complications such as bleeding, infection, and pain at the needle insertion site. It is important to only receive treatment from a qualified practitioner who has been trained in the proper use of needles and the appropriate techniques for dry needling. Many of our practitioners at Back to Motion are qualified experts in dry needling.

Overall, dry needling is a highly effective form of therapy that can be used to reduce pain and improve function in people with a wide range of conditions. However, it is important to only receive treatment from a qualified practitioner.

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