Dry needling physiotherapy

Dry needling physiotherapy (DNP) involves inserting a needle through the skin into muscle bands in the problem area. The puncture site is determined based on the person’s symptoms and by the presence of a trigger point (commonly called a muscle knot). This technique triggers a reflexive relaxation of the muscle and restores blood flow to the area, which is often impaired at the trigger point.

  • Reduce local pain
  • Reduce radiating pain
  • Improve joint range of motion
  • Improve muscle activation
  • Improve local vascularization
  • Inhibit the inflammatory response

Dry needling physiotherapy can be used as an effective treatment for several orthopedic conditions, such as:

  • Tendinopathy/bursitis
  • Lumbar disc herniation with or without sciatica
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Chronic pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Cervical and lumbar sprains
Difference between dry needling PHYSIOTHERAPY and acupuncture

The main goal of DNP is to reduce pain by creating a relaxation effect in the muscle, controlling the inflammatory process, and modifying sensory stimulation of the nervous system. It is based on the anatomical principles of Western medicine and draws on the neurophysiology of the human body.

Acupuncture, on the other hand, is based on traditional Chinese medicine and involves inserting dry needles along meridians (channels of energy), thereby restoring the flow of qi, the vital energy that circulates through the body at all times. This makes it possible to treat a whole range of problems, including disorders of the digestive, respiratory, and endocrine systems, other general conditions (fatigue, stress, migraines, insomnia, etc.), and much more.

So, while the two techniques are very similar in that they both use dry needles, they each have very different principles and objectives.

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