WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING?
Dry Needling is also known as intramuscular myofascial trigger point stimulation is usually a term used by physical therapists for using needles as a way to stimulate muscles. The term Dry here signifies the fact that there are no liquid/substance injected in the body during dry needling as the needles are solid filiforms.
During the process, our practitioners will place a set of solid filiform needles into the affected muscle area in order to “trigger” the muscle points that are usually areas where you might develop a knot or hard muscle. Dry needling helps release the knot and helps relieve any spasms or muscle pain, making it ideal for athletes and trainers as part of their regular body care routine in addition to sports massages.
HOW IS DRY NEEDLING DIFFERENT FROM ACUPUNCTURE?
Even though the tools needed for dry needling and acupuncture are the same, there is a big difference between the two techniques. Dry needling focuses on using strong stimulation on the sore/affected muscles group to get them to release. Acupuncture, on the other hand, does not use strong stimulation and it is based on channel theory and using points to heal the body naturally.
Therefore, even with the same tools, the patient experience will be a lot different between acupuncture vs dry needling. Acupuncture is not painful at all whereas dry needling given the need for muscle stimulation can be a bit painful.
WHY DO YOU NEED DRY NEEDLING ?
Are you a Sprinter ? or Perhaps a Triathlete ? or Do you sit at a desk all day ?
These are the most common activities that we do on a day to day basis without knowing how it affects our body. Even though we are sitting, we still use muscle groups to support our body position and more often than not, they are not very well balanced.
Overuse of certain muscles creates an imbalance making them wearout or develop stress faster than the other one causing common factors such as muscle tightness, soreness or joint pains.
For example, the usual explosve muscles group in cyclists are the Quads and Hip flexors. Cyclists use these muscles intensively over the period of long bike rides that can cause groin and quad pain as a result of overuse. Its no surprise afterwards that the most common issues cyclists face are hip (joint) and Quad (muscle ) pain .
Dry Needling is a great treatment here to release these muscles cramps/soreness by using needles to stimulate these areas using high frequency machine connected to the needles to stimulate the muscles causing them to release. This restores balance and elevates pain in the body , for your sport or for your posture resulting in becoming better cyclists.