Dry needling is a popular treatment technique used to treat acute and chronic muscular conditions. Myotherapists often use dry needling to address lower back pain, neck pain, headaches, muscles spasms, migraines, tennis elbow, TMJ pain, sciatic pain and so much more. We also use dry needling to switch off overactive muscles that are causing pain and to switch on underactive muscles to ensure the muscle work in the body is balanced out. This approach is what allows us to prevent injuries before they happen. Hence, it is so important to get a myotherapy check up every 2-3 months as we can address muscles that could cause injuries before the injury occurs.
Dry needling is often confused with acupuncture. But the difference between the two is acupuncture works along the meridian channels (energy channels) of the body and the needle is inserted into a pressured point. Whereas dry needling is a treatment that involves a thin, sterile, single-use needle being inserted into the myofascial trigger points (TPs). TPs are referred to as a hyperirritable spot in a muscle. They are also known as taut bands or knots in muscles. Having myofascial trigger points is suggested to decrease the joint range of motion as they can change the muscle activation patterns.
Dry Needling is used to:
• Release myofascial trigger points (taut bands or knots in muscles)
• Restore full range of motion in the muscle
• Improve muscle firing/ activation patterns which is very important for basic body function