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Trigger Point Dry Needling: A Modern Physiotherapy Technique

Pain is needless, fix it with needles!

Our Guide to Dry Needling Physiotherapy.

If you have had traditional therapies such as massage, electrotherapy and manual therapies to manage your injuries and you would like a change – why not consider dry needling? Muscle spasm, headache or pain in your muscles? Dry needling is a form of acupuncture which is evidence-based and effective at managing a range of problems. If you don’t know too much about the dry needling process then let us guide you through what to expect.

Physiotherapy@Woodbridge, Vaughan offers Dry Needling sessions to help improve a range of symptoms – read on to find out more.

How Does Dry Needling Work?

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine and therapy which involves the insertion of micro-fine needles into the skin and soft tissues. The Chinese believe in energy pathways and insertion points that can improve pain and correct dysfunction in the body. Dry needling is similar but works off a more evidence-based theory.

When a fine filament needle is inserted into the centre of a myofascial trigger point, blood pools around the needle triggering the contracted muscle fibres to relax by providing those fibres with fresh oxygen and nutrients, as well as by flushing away any waste product. Needle insertion has been shown to help relax muscle tension and reduce soreness of trigger points to help improve pain levels and improve physical performance.

What Conditions Can Dry Needling Treat?

The benefits of this treatment include reducing pain and to relax muscles which are in spasm. Stimulating muscle fibres if they are underactive to help improve your performance or assist in a rehabilitation process. Other benefits include reducing the sensitivity of muscle tissue in chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and it can contribute to remodelling scar tissue post-injury. Dry needling is not all just about the physical benefits – it can leave you in a relaxed state which can aid stress reduction and relaxation.

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