Monday, October 5, 2015

Manage your Pain

Having pain in your body and you feel like you have tried everything to fix the pain?? Have you thought of dry needling? Dry needling is an invasive therapeutic practice where different types of needles are inserted into the skin and muscles at a myofascial trigger point, or knot . Once inserted, the needles are manipulated in and out for therapeutic treatment through mechanical and biomechanical responses. Sounds a bit like acupuncture but it has some differences.
Some of the common reasons people use dry needling are people who might have the following issues:
-Neck, shoulder, and back pain
-Arm pain including carpal tunnel, and tendonitis
-Frequent headaches
-Lower body pain including sciatica, hamstring issues, muscle spasms
There are some differences between dry needling and acupuncture. Acupuncture has clear and predefined acupuncture entry points. On the other hand dry needling is a form of acupuncture where the needles are placed in muscle knots or trigger points. Common places to find some of these knots or trigger points are; along your neck, around your shoulder blades, mid and lower back, and the buttocks.
IF you are wondering what the benefits are here are a few of the main reasons individuals seek out dry needling therapy include
-Pain and tension reduction
-Increased range of motion
-Reduce the requirement of pain medication
-Restoration of original muscle function
The goal of dry needling is to achieve a local twitch response to relieve muscle tension and pain. The twitch response feeling is similar to that of a cramp, as the healing response of the muscle is stimulated. There are very little side effects and they similar to the response your body has to a massage. Your body will have a lot of toxins released and you will need to drink a lot of water to flush it out !
If you are looking for a new way to manage your pain, adding in dry needling might be the new route to look!

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