What's MYOFASCIAL DRY NEEDLING
Myofascial dry needling therapy is a soft tissue treatment modality in which a single use, sterile, fine filament needle is inserted into the skin and muscle (directly at a myofascial trigger point), in order to treat myofascial pain and dysfunction. It involves insertion and repetitive manipulation of a needle within the tissue with the specific purpose of releasing trigger points, and restoring normal function within the bodies fascial network.
A myofascial trigger point, or "knot", is a hyper-irritable band of tissue where portions of muscle fibres are held in a contracted state. They are thought to form in response to trauma, unaccustomed loads, sustained postures, repetitive behavioural movement patterns, emotional stress and hot/cold environmental factors. Trigger points cause swelling within the muscle tissue that results in adhesions forming as layers of tissue become stuck together. This elicits an unnatural shift in the bodies tensegrity structure that results in detrimental tensile forces throughout the body causing soft tissue pain and muscular dysfunction (myofascial pain syndrome).
The insertion of a dry needle into a trigger point works to restore dysfunction in both a physical and chemical way. Dry needling often results in a local twitch response, which signifies a release of tension within the tissue and initiates a reparative response that normalises the dysfunction. Furthermore, a chemical reaction takes place that causes an inhibition of the hormone responsible for chronic pain, and a normalisation of the neurotransmitter responsible for the contracted muscle fibres. In this way, Myofascial dry needling can often provide immediate relief from both acute and chronic pain, locally or globally depending on the referral patterns within the active trigger point.
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Benefits of Myofascial Dry Needling:
Anyone experiencing soft tissue pain can benefit from myofascial dry needling. Dry needling works to restore functional movement by releasing trigger points and adhesions within the tissue immediately improving tissue tone, flexibility and range of motion.
Dry Needling is especially effective as it can treat parts of the muscle and deeper layers of the tissues which a therapists hands and fingers generally cannot reach. Used by itself or in conjunction with Myofascial Release and Massage, it is an effective treatment for postural issues, strains, sprains and in the treatment of soft tissue pain, dysfunction and injuries.
I use Dry needling in conjunction with Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release and a combination of other techniques to provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to restoring proper function and bio-mechanical balance to the body.
What to expect from Myofascial Dry Needling:
Patients sometimes feel a slight pinch when the fine filament needle goes into the tissue. However, some patients feel nothing at all.
In the case of a twitch response, patients will feel a small shot of radiating pain from the trigger point that quickly dissipates.
Dry Needles are often left in the tissue at the site of insertion for 2 to 5 minutes. This can result in a dull ache that quickly subsides after 10 to 30 seconds.
Post treatment, patients often report the targeted muscles feel a bit bruised (similar to post workout) but relaxed.
Soreness can last anywhere from a few hours up to 24-48 hours post treatment.
Localised bruising is uncommon but can occur at the site of insertion.
Patients can often feel tired and emotional for a few hours after a treatment.
There are instances whereby the treatment may actually increase the pain symptoms, or the pain moves to another place within the body. This is a normal part of the body's healing process and should be communicated with your therapist on the next treatment.
Continue with normal daily activity post treatment as the lymph system relies on muscle contraction to filter out toxins.
Strenuous activity should be avoided, especially ones that involve the muscles that were needled.
Indications for Myofascial Dry Needling:
Any soft tissue pain that is related to the bodies bio-mechanics, for example; neck pain, back pain, headaches, upper cross syndrome, shoulder impingement, tendinitis, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, knee pain, groin strain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis.
A band of tissue within skeletal muscle that is painful to touch and causes the patient to jump/shout on palpation.
An identified trigger point within the muscle through palpation
Palpation reproduces the patients pain but locally and/or globally
Anyone looking to relieve pain, muscle spasms and/or tightness through the reduction of myofascial trigger points within the muscle
Contraindications for Myofascial Dry Needling:
Patients with a phobia or fear of needles.
Patients on blood thinners or those with abnormal bleeding conditions
Patients with allergies to stainless steel
Compromised immune system
Possible side effects for Myofascial Dry Needling:
Post treatment soreness
Feelings of fatigue and tiredness
Increased pain at site of needling
Generally feelings of stiffness both within the treatment tissue and/or within the body
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Dry Needling is especially effective as it can treat chronic tension and deeper layers of the tissues. The treatment can be combined with Massage, Myofascial cupping or a treatment on its own.
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