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    Dry Needling - Benefits, Effects & When to Use ...

    Myotherapist Kellie Heath shares with us; What is Dry Needling: Benefits, Effects & When it is used

    How does Dry Needling work?
    Dry needling is a technique of inactivating trigger points through insertion of a needle into a tight band of muscle until a twitch response occurs. Trigger points are a common symptom of myofascial pain and are defined as a point within a taut/tight band of muscle that is tender/sore to touch. A trigger point can cause pain, weakness, range restriction and/or other symptoms at both its location and can refer pain to other regions within the body. Kellie is able to identify these trigger points for you during a visit.

    What are the benefits and effects of Dry Needling?
    1. Decreased muscle spasm and improved range of motion of muscles/joints
    2. Reduced pain
    3. Resolution of radicular symptoms (e.g. sciatica and referred pain down leg/arm)
    4. Better recruitment and activation of appropriate muscles
    5. Improved muscle activation patterns (Meaning you can lift more weight in the gym/increase speed/improve performance!)
    6. Central Nervous system response at the level of the dry needling
    7. Alteration in chemical balance within the muscle (this can decrease sensations of pain and reduces muscular dysfunction)
    8. Relief of both acute and chronic pain
    9. Promotes healing at the area of the injury
    10. Better relaxation/switching off in tight muscles

    What causes Trigger Points?
    Trigger points are commonly present when you are in pain due to muscles being tight or joints not moving properly:
    – Caffeine
    – Muscle dysfunction
    – Muscle overload
    – Stress
    – Lack of sleep
    – Excessive exercise/over training

    What is the difference between trigger point release with dry needling vs with a therapist’s thumbs?
    Dry needling allows the therapist to be more specific with their treatment of trigger points and also allows easier access to trigger points which are located in deep muscles. However, some of the effects of dry needling can be achieved through hands-on therapy by the therapist.
    Both of these treatments have beneficial effects on pain and joint range of motion.

    What disorders can have dry needling performed on them?
    Ask Kellie at your next Myotherapy appointment!

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