Dry needling (Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling) is the use of either solid filiform needles (also referred to as acupuncture needles) or hollow-core hypodermic needles for therapy of muscle pain, including pain related to myofascial pain syndrome. In our practice, as is common now, we use acupuncture needles.
Following careful evaluation, the disposable needle is briefly inserted into the taught myofascial band, often creating a characteristic “twitch” within the tissue. This quick contraction of the restricted fibres leads to a reflex relaxation and of the bunched up muscular fibres. This enables the return of adequate muscle length, normal blood flow and the release of toxins that may have built up from the previously poorly nutrient depleted area of tissue.
The needle also has the effect of stimulating a healing response. Very often in the case of chronic pain and tendonopathies for example, tissue requires the kick start of a new inflammatory reponse. Carefull application of the needle to the degenerated area can help to stimulate this response leading to the laying down of new tissue.
For more information on myofascial trigger points see the article “myofascial trigger points” in our patient education section.
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