How Can Dry Needling Help Reduce my Pain?
Dry needling, also known as intramuscular stimulation (IMS), is a treatment that can help to stimulate tissues and blood flow, release tight muscles and alleviate pain. It relies heavily on a thorough physical exam of the neuromuscular system to determine the source of pain and dysfunction. Many physiotherapists are trained to utilize dry needling in conjunction with other manual physical therapy interventions.
Dry needling uses small, sterile, acupuncture needles. It allows physiotherapists to get right to the site of dysfunction. When releasing shortened, sensitive muscles, clients may experience a local ache or cramping sensation. Dry needling works by stimulating the tight muscle to cause relaxation and lengthening of the muscle. The needle also encourages blood flow to the area, which helps to initiate the natural healing process. Lastly, it allows the nerve that innervates the muscle to function normally again. It reduces pain and facilitates an accelerated return to activity and function.
For more information on dry needling and/or to find out if it may benefit you, ask our physiotherapists at Summit Sport Physiotherapy.