Due to our increasingly sedentary lives, joint pains and aches are more common now than ever before. Maybe, you too, experience chronic nagging pain that just won’t go away. If so, dry needling is a modern, research-backed technique that can help.
Dry needling, also known as trigger point or myofascial trigger needling, is an increasingly popular technique used to treat many common ailments. The process involves inserting thin needles into trigger points—taut bands of tissue that are very sensitive to touch. By stimulating these myofascial release points, dry needling helps relieve pain and improve range of motion so you can move better than ever before. These are just some of the dry needling benefits.
Here, the health professionals at Physiotherapy@Woodbridge describe what dry needling is and why you should give it a try.
Improves Range of Motion
The human body is built to move—not spend hours sitting. Thus understandably, your muscles tense up as you spend long hours in front of a computer screen. This limits your ability to move and your range of motion.
Fortunately, dry needling can help relax muscles and improve your range of motion.
Dry needling users frequently report a drastically improved ability to move. When you can move better, you significantly lower your risk of injury and remain pain-free for longer.
Relieves Pain and Tension
Pain is a complex physiological process. The painful stimulus causes the release of neurotransmitters that elicit pain sensation in the brain.
On the other hand, Dry needling triggers the release of endorphins and other feel-good hormones that send signals of calm and peace to the brain.
In other words, the contrasting stimulus from dry needling helps counteract relieving pain. That is why dry needling for neck pain and headaches is highly beneficial. That’s not even mentioning the other widespread pain-relieving benefits of dry needling.
Promotes Recovery & Healing
The human body has a remarkable innate ability to heal and recover. Under normal circumstances, your body will find a way to heal no matter how severe your injury. At times, this process can be frustratingly slow, which is why it is not uncommon for an injured athlete to spend over nine months on a treatment table.
Dry needling speeds up the body’s healing mechanism by stimulating trigger points. It also improves blood flow to target areas. This helps remove built-up toxins and promotes recovery.
Treats a Wide Range of Conditions
While acupuncture and dry needling may sound similar, they are not the same. Dry needling is an evidence-based therapeutic procedure performed under the supervision of trained medical professionals. It is proven to help with pain, improve range of motion, and promote healing.
It is beneficial for your mental health as well because it reduces stress and improves your mood and sleep.
On top of that, dry needling can treat a wide range of conditions. Some examples include:
- Myofascial pain
- Spinal disc prolapse
- Whiplash injuries
- Migraines and cluster headaches
- Restless leg syndrome
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
- Plantar Fasciitis
The best part is that dry needling is completely safe when performed by trained professionals.
In other words, you don’t have to worry about any nasty side effects. There is also no downtime so you can get back to your everyday routine immediately after your treatment.
Want to Be Pain-Free? Try Dry Needling
Dry needling is helping thousands worldwide live and move pain-free. It can do the same for you.
Call Physiotherapy@Woodbridge at 289-475-2147 or use our online booking service to book a one-to-one consultation with one of our experts today.