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What is Dry Needling?

Myofascial Dry Needling (MDNT) is a technique used by Remedial and Musculoskeletal Therapy practitioners to alleviate musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. Fine filiform needles similar to those used in acupuncture therapy are inserted into trigger points, which are highly irritable localized spots of tenderness in muscle tissue. MDNT is specifically aimed at deactivating trigger points to alleviate pain associated with active trigger points in various areas of the body such as the neck, shoulder, wrist, upper back, mid back, lower back, glute, quad, hamstring, and calf.

In addition to pain relief, MDNT may also be used to assist in the healing process of chronic to acute injuries such as tendinopathy/tendonitis (e.g., golfers elbow, tennis elbow), bursitis, arthritis, disc bulge/annular tears, muscle strains/tears, ligament strains/tears, scar tissue removal, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, ankle pain/strains, and lower back tension. MDNT has also been reported to have positive effects on abdominal bloating, period pain and cramping, abdominal muscle cramps and spasms, providing a holistic approach to addressing various musculoskeletal issues.

Our experienced practitioners are skilled in utilizing MDNT as part of our comprehensive treatment options to help you find relief from pain and dysfunction, and promote healing and optimal functioning. 

What to expect

When the sterile single use needle is inserted, sometimes a cramp-like sensation is felt. It can be sometimes followed by a slight muscular twitch, which is usually the deactivation of the trigger point. And can feel the release of tension or pain from the local area.

Benefits

After completing a session with us, clients may experience several positive effects:

  1. Increased Mobility: Our treatment protocols aim to improve movement and mobility, and clients may notice an increase in their range of motion and ability to move freely after a session. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with musculoskeletal issues or restrictions in movement.

  2. Feeling of Relaxation: Our therapies often involve hands-on techniques, such as massage and manual therapy, which can help promote relaxation and reduce stress. Clients may feel a sense of calm and relaxation during and after their session, which can contribute to an overall sense of well-being.

  3. Muscle Fatigue/Soreness: Depending on the techniques used during the session, clients may experience some muscle fatigue or soreness afterwards. This can be a normal response to the release of tension in the muscles and the activation of the body's natural healing processes. It is usually temporary and can be managed with appropriate self-care strategies.

  4. Reduced Pain: Our primary goal is to alleviate pain and discomfort associated with musculoskeletal issues. Clients may experience a reduction in pain after a session, as our therapies are designed to target the underlying causes of pain and dysfunction.

  5. Lasting Effects: In some cases, clients may find that the effects of our therapies are lasting, especially with ongoing treatment and maintenance strategies. Our comprehensive approach aims to address the root causes of musculoskeletal issues, and clients may experience long-term benefits from regular sessions.

Advocates

  • Dr C Chan Gunn (1989) is another advocate of deep dry needling

 

“Gunn completed extensive research in collaboration with the Canadian workers compensation board and provided results indicating the efficacy of MDN in treating the acute and chronic pain experienced by injured mine workers”

(Filshie, J., & White, A. 1998: 39/ Baldry, P. 2005: 131)

  • The first physician to extensively employ was Karel Lewit of Czechoslovakia (1979)

  • Jaeger and Skootsky extensively tested and also employ dry needling (1987)

  • All three have stressed that the effectiveness of the method is dependenton needling of the point deeply within the muscle (DDN)

(Filshie, J., & White, A. 1998: 39)

 

  • One of the studies called “The Cochrane Collaboration (2011)”; Dry-needling appears to be a useful adjunct to other therapies for chronic low-back pain. It also states the combination of manual therapies plus needling provides an improved effect in alleviating pain compared to a single modality approach...

 

http://www2.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab001351.html

References

  • Baldry, P. (2005). (3rd ed. ed.). Edinburgh ; New York: Churchill Livingstone.

  • Filshie, J., & White, A. (1998). . Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

  • Marcus, A. (2004). . Berkeley, Calif.: North Atlantic Books.

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