Also known as intramuscular stimulation (IMS), dry needling is a form of treatment that involves inserting the needle into a trigger point of the muscle. By using the same thin needles used in acupuncture, skilled physiotherapists directly target the trigger points that normally cause pain throughout the body. For instance, dry needling for neck pain is proven to be helpful in decreasing pain and increasing motion for patients.
According to practitioners, the needle will help in relieving any muscle spasms or pain. While the needles will remain in your skin for short time, the total duration depends on the practitioner. Some dry needle techniques are also aimed at treating broader landscape. Instead of inserting the needles at the point of pain these techniques target the areas around the point of pain. Here are some of the benefits of dry needling
Relieves pain and muscle tightness
What makes dry needling one of the most effective techniques is that it targets trigger points. For instance, if you are suffering from neck or shoulder pain, the practitioner will insert the needles directly into the trigger points. This will release tension, reduce inflammation, and minimize the pressure that has caused pain.
It relaxes tight muscles
Since physiotherapists can identify the trigger points, they use this technique to help relax tight muscles. Although the mechanism is not fully understood, it’s believed that it alters the electrical activity and effectively reset the muscles back to normal.
It speeds up recovery
Anytime you are injured the longest and the worst part is the process of recovery. With dry needling technique, you can experience quick pain relief through an improved range of motion. As compared to other treatment options, this will also speed up the process of recovery.
Improved blood flow
By seeking out the trigger points dry needling relaxes the muscles and improves your blood flow.
While dry needling is normally considered safe a person is at risk of contracting blood-borne diseases if the practitioner uses non sterilized needles. Other risks associated with it include
•Bleeding at the sites.
•Bruising around the sites.