Dry needling is a remedial therapy practice that engages your muscles, tendons and soft tissues in order to induce the healing process in affected areas. Dry needling has found to be one of the best tools for sports injuries, muscle and skeletal injuries and for tendon injuries at any age. Dry needling specifically works for muscle injuries, soft tissue injuries and tendon injuries by inserting needles into the problem area and sending signals to the brain. In doing so the process of healing is sped up and can offer permanent pain relief to the problem areas as opposed to the short-term release that pain medication can offer.
Dry needling works for three main reasons:
- Dry needling directly targets the problem areas and engages in forms of deep tissue massage
- Dry needling can induce short-term inflammation of the muscles, promoting newly oxygenated blood to flow through the muscle. In doing so the tendons too will receive relief and this will ultimately reduce muscle pain/tension.
- Finally, dry needling changes the fluid balance within the muscles themselves, promoting the production of new proteins.
It is important to note that dry needling differs from acupuncture. Acupuncture works on the meridian points of the human body, (points connected across the body that affect a specific organ or another part of the body) whereas dry needling works on the trigger points (points of tenderness where pain frequently radiates) working on muscles, tendons and tissues.
Talk to Jason at Suncoast Myotherapy to find out if Dry Needling may be right for you