Dry needling is the use of solid filament needles which are much smaller than those used for injection. It is defined as a technique used to affect changes in body structure and function for management of neuromusculoskeletal condition, pain, movement impairment and disability.
Dry needling, also known as trigger point dry needling and intramuscular stimulation. It involves the use of needles for therapy of muscle pain, including pain related to myofascial pain, target connective tissue, neural ailments, and muscular disorder.
Dry needling is a safe and effective method of treatment provided at “BetterLife Physiotherapy” to reduce pain and muscle tension, while simultaneously improving mobility. It has been proven to treat numerous musculoskeletal issues, including acute and chronic injuries, overuse injuries, neck pain, headaches, back pain, sciatica, muscle spasms, muscle strains, tendinitis, knee pain, hip pain, fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and more.
How does Dry Needling work?
This treatment method is used by our licensed physiotherapists, at “BetterLife Physiotherapy”, as a way to relieve pain. When performing dry needling, our qualified, trained and certified physiotherapist will insert a sterile needle through the skin, into the underlying tendons, ligaments, or muscles that have been affected, in order to relieve pain, decrease muscle tension, and improve mobility.
While it is a common misconception, dry needling is not acupuncture. It is based on a modern scientific study of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. While there are some similarities, dry needling is strictly based on Western medicine principles and research. It provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal, ultimately reducing pain in the process.
Why may I choose Dry Needling?
After conducting a comprehensive evaluation to assess the nature of your condition, our physiotherapists, at “BetterLife Physiotherapy”, will let you know if dry needling is the best course of treatment for you. For sure our physiotherapists should explain benefits and any adverse effects and make sure that dry needling is appropriate for you. Your physiotherapist may include dry needling to your treatment plan in addition to your other parts of treatment. We have used dry needling to treat several diverse conditions, from chronic pain sufferers to athletes experiencing muscle soreness.