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Posted By Outdoor Living Direct Pty Ltd on 12/05/2022 in News

Learning More About Dry Needling

People looking for therapeutic treatments for relief from muscle pain, dry needling has become a very popular option. On a visit to your physio West Perth or one closer to you, you can talk about the process. It uses Filiform needles to release trigger points in different places depending on your issue, helping with headaches, muscle strain and spasms, nerve pain and more. The stimulation promotes healing and new cell growth. Patients can feel immediate relief from pain and through over a series of visits those effects are increased.

The difference between dry needling and acupuncture

The process is related to acupuncture but rather than being done by acupuncturists it is done by physiotherapists. There is a big difference as well in the rationale behind how they are used. Dry needling, called so because no chemicals or liquids are used, is used for real therapeutic effects on the tissues of the body. With acupuncture, it is more about returning balance to the body, though there are physical results too. While the same needles are used, an acupuncturist will apply them to the body’s energy channels but a physio, North Perth applies them to ligament and muscle trigger points.

What does the procedure look like?

There are trigger points for muscles all over the body so depending on where you are experiencing pain depends on where the fine filament needles are applied. Some muscle relaxation is also achieved with pressure being applied at those pressure points. During your sessions of treatment with your physio West Perth the insertion at certain points helps relieve pain and boost healing. It can help with a number of different problems such as but not limited to;

  • Shin splints
  • Neck pain
  • Sporting injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Joint dysfunction
  • Migraines
  • Pelvic girdle pain
  • Tension headaches
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Tight muscles
  • Shoulder problems
  • Lateral elbow pain

What are the benefits?

There are a lot of benefits to dry needling. The results might vary from one patient to another but all tend to feel some benefit to some degree. The main benefits people report include;

  • It is less painful to go through than other manual manipulations to achieve similar pain relief results
  • Patients are less sore after treatment of dry needling than other manual manipulation treatment options
  • Pain relief of some degree is felt after just one session and improves after several sessions
  • Fewer sessions are needed to complete the whole treatment process, compared to other manual manipulation sessions
  • In some cases, people achieve permanent and complete pain relief
  • Muscles that were not working properly anymore are working better or even returned to normal after completing a whole treatment process
  • A physio North Perth performing dry needling can treat both short term (acute) and long term (chronic) painful problems
  • Increased blood circulation and faster healing
  • Improved range of motion in the targeted muscles
  • Improved strength in the targeted muscles
  • Quicker return to regular lifestyle and activities including returning to playing sports and exercise
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