How does dry needling work
This technique involves insertion of sterile monofilament needle into muscle, connective tissue, or periosteum of bone in order to stimulate healing and reduce pain. The stimulation provided by needle insertion can cause local and systemic changes in body through various mechanisms.
What can Dry needling treat?
Pain: sustained stimulation to damaged region can dampen pain signals to brain thus reducing overall pain experienced.
Arthritis: stimulate microcirculation in order to promote cartilage regeneration and increased bloodflow to joint.
Neuropathic pain: can reduce symptoms related to issues caused by nerves.
How does it differ from acupuncture.
While the tools and technique may appear similar, the clinical reasoning behind dry needling differs vastly. While acupuncture may adhere to traditional Chinese medicine and it’s philosophies, dry needling is based on western medicine concepts of pain and dysfunction. That is not to say one is better or worse than the other, just different.
Is dry needling safe?
Due to the size of the needles utilized, bleeding during treatment is uncommon.
Due to the sterile one single use needles utilized, infections are very rare.
Puncturing internal structures is also relatively rare due to
- Size of needles
- Areas of application of needle
- Experience of clinician
What does adding electrical stimulation to treatment do?
Adding electrical stimulation to treatment can
- Enhance pain relieving effects
- Reduce radiating nerve pain
- Increased blood to area treated