There is been a lot of talk lately about 'Dry Needling' and how it is a 'new' technique and how many healthcare providers are now offering this as a new and improved treatment for musculoskeletal problems. Well, I have news for you... there is nothing new about it! It's been around for thousands of years and goes by a name very familiar to me and my colleagues and patients. As an acupuncturist, I have been 'dry needling' my patients for more than 11 years. You see, 'Dry Needling' is Acupuncture!
What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is the insertion of acupuncture needles into the muscle tissue to help manage injuries to the muscles of the body. It is called "dry" because there is no substance injected into the body which make sense since acupuncture needles are solid (filiform). While some acupuncture treatments involve placing needles at various points in the body to treat a different area, this technique placed directly into the affected area. A qualified licensed acupuncturist will discuss with you the benefits of both approaches and which one is best for your condition.
How does it work?
Acupuncture/Dry Needling works by increasing blood flow to the affected area while at the same time decreasing muscle banding and a normalization of the muscle fibers. It also balances muscle activity, reducing twitching and pain. Another huge benefit of acupuncture/dry needling is the bodies natural release of endorphins which reduce the sensation of pain which allows the patient of rest and recover.
What is it good for?
This technique used for all sorts of musculoskeletal problems including: sports injuries, slip and fall accidents, auto accidents... any muscular injury will benefit from dry needling (acupuncture).
Is it safe?
Dry Needling / Acupuncture is safe when practiced by a licensed acupuncturist. When visiting any health care facility be sure to ask if you are being treated by a licensed acupuncturist. Some healthcare providers are taking weekend courses and then performing this technique without understand the full implications of what they are doing.
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