Dry Needling: A Pain Therapy

  • July 27, 2016
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Dry Needling is a technique that is used in finding and eliminating Neuro muscular dysfunction that lead to pain and functional deficits. In this, the physical therapists use a dry needle which is very thin and most subjects do not even feel it penetrate the skin. However, a healthy muscle feels little discomfort with the insertion of this needle and may provoke a brief pain sensation that has been described as a tingling, aching, or cramping sensation.

The needle is inserted through the skin into the areas of the muscle, known as trigger point. A myofascial trigger point is that point which is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule, or “knot”, in skeletal muscle.

During this therapy, a patient may also feel a reproduction of pain, which is a helpful diagnostic indicator. Later, a patient recognizes this sensation as it results in deactivating the trigger point, reducing pain and restoring normal length function to the involved muscle.

It is very beneficial to cure a variety of musculoskeletal problems including, Muscle spasms, Muscle strains, Sciatica, Hip/Knee pain, and many others. Although, it also consists some side effects that may vary among individuals. Normally, only mild muscle soreness or skin bruising are some common side effects that usually find in a person after insertion.