What is DRY NEEDLING?
KinetaCore’s Position Statement on Dry Needling is “Dry Needling is a mechanical-device driven assisted manual therapy technique within the scope of physical therapy practice. Professional continuing education that includes demonstration of competency in dry needling is required for clinical practice.”
Dry needling involves a physical assessment and intervention for neuromusculoskeletal conditions as developed and described by Janet Travell, MD, David Simons, MD, Dr C. Chan Gunn, and others.
How Does It Work?
Dry Needling utilizes small, fine filament needles to deactivate trigger points and to release chronic tightness, or shortening, of muscles. The end of the needle is blunted. Thus, cells are pushed aside as the needle enters the body; preventing bleeding from occurring. Microlesions are produced within the dysfunctional tissue that allows shortened tissues to release their tension. It also inhibits the reflex arc from the nervous system to the tissue. Other positive results are that pain is centralized and inflammatory responses are normalized; thus, symptoms are reduced. As a result, an environment ideal for healing is created.
How Is Dry Needling different from Acupuncture?
Dry needling is a technique used to treat the neuro-muscular systmes based on pain patterns, muscular dysfunction and other orthopedic signs and symptoms. Its use and treatment is guided by a physical assessment administered by a licensed practitioner who is certified in performing the modality. The practitioner will typically use one to two needles at one time. Needles are introduced into the trigger points where they remain for up to one minute, depending upon the response of the tissue being treated. The technique is commonly performed deeper than Acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a treatment based on Eastern medical diagnosis, which typically requires training in traditional Chinese medicine. The distribution of multiple needles during Acupuncture is influenced by the flow of the body’s meridians.
Of Note: trigger points have a tendency to fall within the body’s meridian pathways.
What Conditions are indicated for Treatment?
Commonly treated conditions with Dry Needling include: headaches, cervical pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, lower back pain, sciatica, hamstring pain/strains, calf pain/tightness, most muscles locked in a chronically spastic or shortened state.
Does it Hurt?
The thinly fine filament needle is flexible and made of surgical grade steel. The blunted end pushes cells aside rather than piercing through tissue. This minimizes discomfort and produces virtually zero bleeding. Occasionally a local twitch response of the muscle is experienced. This response is often described as a cramping sensation. An “electric” sensation may be felt along the pathway. These sensations are normal and often subside once the needle is removed.
*NOTE: Only sterile disposable needles are used. The body is prepared with alcohol to ensure that the surface is sufficiently clean. There has never been a reported case of infection from the utilization of Dry Needling anywhere in the United States.
What Can I Expect After the Treatment?
Immediate outcomes can vary from person to person and from treatment to treatment. However, it is most common that the client experiences immediate symptom relief and an increase in mobility. Less common, but not unusual is for one to experience a temporary increase in their symptoms. The increased soreness may last from four to 24 hours. However, this can simply indicate that the tissues’ local inflammatory response has been awakened. Inflammation is the first response in tissue healing. Thus, the soreness felt is not a bad thing! However, should soreness be felt, it is suggested that the practitioner be advised so that other treatments can be modified accordingly.
Bayliff Integrated Wellness has been Level I certified in the utilization of Dry Needling since 2011. Training was through KinetaCore, located in Denver, CO.
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