In the last blog post, we described what Dry Needling is and who it could be for. This week we are going to discuss how Dry Needling works.
Dry Needling can stimulate the healing process by improving blood flow, nerve conduction, and/or structure of the tissue around the injured area resulting in decreased pain and/or numbness. Tight muscles are typically deprived of oxygen resulting in increased muscle spasm. By inserting the needle into these areas oxygen and blood flow is delivered to the area which helps the muscle relax. There are also chemical changes that happen at the cellular level which cause decreased activation of the muscle by the nervous system. Some people see results as soon as the next day but others may require several needling sessions to feel a change in their pain level.
For a more detailed answer: In the treatment of trigger points for persons with myofascial pain syndrome, dry needling is an invasive procedure in which a filiform needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point consists of multiple contraction knots, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle. (source: Wikipedia)
Katherine Hendrick, PT, DPT is Certified in Dry Needling at Physio Physical Therapy and Wellness Asheville. Call today to schedule an appointment before your pain gets worse. (828) 348-1780.