Dry needling is a treatment technique using a sterile, single-use fine filament (needle), inserted into the muscle improving function through the release of myofascial trigger points. Primarily focused on the reduction of pain, dry needling restores the function of natural muscle movement.
A myofascial trigger point is a group of muscle fibres that have shortened when activated and are not able to return to its original length, known as a knot in the muscle.
The myofascial trigger point develops hypersensitivity where the muscle fibres become so tight they compress the capillaries and nerves that supply them, the muscle, therefore, is unable to move frequently. The muscle can not obtain blood supply or flush out any additional acidic chemicals. The remainder of the muscle will begin to tighten to compensate.
Dry needling is a suitable technique for the following
- An injury caused by over-doing it in a movement or not allowing for proper rest breaks
- Quick jerking movements such as turning your head too quickly
- Staying in the same position for too long such as sitting at a desk for long periods of time without getting up for breaks
- Change in your exercise routine or an increase in training
- Some conditions and illnesses; ask our team about this
How dry needling works
The needles used are extremely fine, inserted gently through the skin to the muscle with the knot or trigger point. Multiple needles can be used to gain the most benefit of this method. The body recognises this as a foreign object and will send blood to the area. The blood fills the trigger point allowing it to release the tension and wash out any nasty acid build-up to allow the healing process to begin.
Why we use this method
Dry needling is one technique that is always a part of a larger treatment plan. We use dry needling to release trigger points, improve pain control and reduce muscle tension. Dry needling targets certain pain points which will reduce pain, inflammation, chemicals and the pressure of the muscles that caused the pain.
Dry needling improves the overall range in motion as this method eliminates the constant discomfort from the injury. This method results in quicker pain relief for patients as it promotes a speedy recovery time. We understand that each treatment journey will differ, and dry needling will not be the last technique tried. It will be one of many methods assessed and used to get you back on track.
The team at Progressive will work with you to get you back to your training or everyday tasks, pain-free. With a holistic approach, we will work with you and choose the best methods for your rehabilitation journey.