Dry needling physiotherapy
Dry needling physiotherapy involves inserting a needle (with no injection of fluid) through the skin into tight muscle bands (known as trigger points). This technique triggers a reflexive relaxation of the muscle and restores blood flow to the area (previously hypoxic).
Dry needling physiotherapy helps to:
- Reverse some aspects of central sensitization (amplification of pain signals in the spinal cord), as well as reduce local and referred pain
- Improve joint range of motion
- Improve muscle activation patterns, and alter the chemical environment of trigger points
- Improve vascularization
- Inhibit the inflammatory response
Dry needling can be used as an effective treatment for many orthopedic disorders, such as:
- Lumbar disc herniation with or without sciatica
- Headaches and migraines
- Chronic pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Whiplash and lumbar strains/sprains
Difference between dry needling and acupuncture
The main goal of dry needling is to reduce pain by creating a relaxation effect in the muscle, controlling the inflammatory process, and modifying sensory stimulation of the nervous system. Dry needling relies on basic anatomical principles of modern Western medicine.
Acupuncture, on the other hand, is based on traditional Chinese medicine and involves inserting dry needles along meridians (channels) of energy, thus restoring qi distribution (Chinese theory of vital energy), with the aim of treating a whole range of problems, including digestive, respiratory, endocrine, circulatory, urinary, and reproductive disorders, and other general disorders (fatigue, stress, anxiety, migraines, insomnia, etc.).
Therefore, while the two techniques are very similar in terms of their use, they both have very different theoretical concepts.
For more information, contact our professionals at either of the following clinics:
Physio Extra Downtown Blainville
Physio Extra Rosemont