Dry Needling Therapy: Effective Form Of Trigger Point Therapy
Dry needling is an extremely effective trigger point therapy. It is relevant for both the fascia and myofascial trigger points. Specially trained practitioner needles the trigger point with the use of sterile acupuncture needles.
The pin acupuncture action stimulates the following:
- Oxygenation of the fascia and the contracted muscle fibers
- Reduces inflammation
- Improves blood circulation
- Sustainably reduces the tension in the tissue
The pin acupuncture into the trigger point will produce a short contraction of the taut bank, which is known as the local twitch response. It is often described by patients as a good pain with a sense of release.
Here are the dry needling supplies you need:
- Antiseptic wipes and gloves
- APS needles
Needles used in dry needling supplies are sterile disposable needles. These needles measured 0.16mm to 0.3mm thick and 1.5cm to 6cm long. When choosing a needle to use, it depends on the depth of the trigger point in the tissue and the dry needling technique you use.
Dry needling is not an acupuncture
Dry needling uses thin disposable acupuncture needles as well as acupuncture. But, don’t get puzzled by the two techniques since they are quite different. Specific trigger points can be treated by dry needling. The goal of the therapy is to release adhesive soft tissues, myofascial trigger points, and fascia. It is different from acupuncture treatment.
Yes, dry needling is an accepted successful technique in pain management.
Forms of dry needling
Dry needling has different forms and it refers to two different treatments:
- Drug-free needling of trigger points to treat myofascial pain and dysfunction
- Musculoskeletal pain treatment
The two different types of dry needling are:
- Superficial dry needling
- Intramuscular stimulation
In intramuscular dry needling, the needles will be inserted directly into the taut band or trigger point. It triggers a local twitch response of the taut band. The therapy is perceived by the patients as a muscular release sensation. Additionally, there is evidence to support the LTR therapeutic value to enhance the release of fascia-related adhesions and reduce inflammation on the trigger point.
In superficial dry needling, the needles are inserted superficially obliquely on the skin’s surface above the painful area or the trigger point. It triggers several reflex analgesic mechanisms through the brain and spinal cord.
Intramuscular electrical stimulation is another method of dry needling where two needles are inserted into the taut band.
Safety and hygiene during the therapy
Dry needling is a very safe treatment technique that requires professional and comprehensive training with knowledge of palpation skills and anatomy. Dry needling is applied under hygienic conditions by using disposable sterile needles and disinfectants for the needled area. Practitioners who performed the dry needling therapy are well-trained to perform the treatment.