Functional Dry Needling & Cupping
WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING?
Dry Needling involves the insertion of a thin filament needle to stimulate the healing of soft tissues (muscle “trigger points”, fascia, tendons and ligaments, etc) resulting in pain relief and restoration of healthy physiology. Research supports that dry needling improve pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor endplates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.
WHAT IS A “TRIGGER POINT”?
A myofascial “trigger point” is a hyperirritable point in the muscles that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule, or “knot”. This area becomes painful at the site and can also “radiate” in predictable patterns.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DRY NEEDLING VS ACUPUNCTURE?
The objectives and philosophy behind the use of dry needling by physical therapist is not based on ancient theories or tenets of traditional Eastern medicine. The performance of modern dry needling by physical therapist is based on western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Both Dry Needling and Acupuncture do, however, use the same tool, a solid needle filament.
DOES IT HURT?
Generally, the insertion of the needle is not felt. The needle used is very thin and most subjects do not even feel it penetrate the skin. A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of this needle. However if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the subject will feel a sensation like a muscle cramp –“the twitch response” and the local “twitch response” may provoke a brief pain sensation that has been described as a heavy, tingling, aching or cramping sensation.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM DRY NEEDLING?
A variety of musculoskeletal problems including, but not limited to: Acute/Chronic injuries, Headaches, Neck/Back pain, Tendinitis, Muscle Spasm, Sciatic, Hip/Knee pain, Muscle strains, Fibromyalgia, Tennis/Golfer’s elbow, Overuse injuries, etc.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS TO DRY NEEDLING?
Side effects may vary among individuals. Bruising and muscle soreness is possible, somewhat uncommon, but is not of concern.