Dry needling is a procedure where fine filament needles are inserted in a person’s trigger points. These trigger points are located in different muscles all over the body and react to a specific body point. These muscles release muscle tension when triggered by a needle, helping to treat the pain a person is feeling. Relaxation of muscles is also induced by putting pressure on specific pressure points.
The Basic Difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture
Dry needling and acupuncture are quite different practices, although same types of needles are used in both practices. Traditional Chinese theories are followed in acupuncture in which needles are inserted into the body’s energy channels. When stimulated, these channels will improve or affect the energy flow of a person.
On the other hand, scientific research, western medicinal practices and pathophysiology are followed in this process. Needles are inserted in the muscle and ligament trigger points of a human body. This result is reducing the muscle tension and decreasing the level of pain in a specific area.
Benefits of Treatment
The results in dry needling are usually quite rewarding, though there may be variation in the results in different patients. The basic benefits of this treatment are:
- A person has to go through lesser pain than other manual treatments.
- In comparison to other manual treatments, dry needling results in relatively lesser soreness.
- A lesser number of sessions are required in the whole treatment procedure.
- It may provide permanent relief from the pain a person is feeling.
- It may help rejuvenate muscles which are not working effectively due to previous injuries.