Dry Needling

By: MyBodyMyTemple  13-Nov-2013
Keywords: Acupuncture, Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling? Dry Needling or more accurately, Trigger Point Dry Needling, (TrP-DN) is a treatment which involves inserting an extremely fine, single use sterile needle, (acupuncture needle) into a Trigger Point. This has been found in many research studies to be extremely effective in releasing the pain and tightness associated with TrP’s and normalizing the area. Acupuncture - Isn’t This The Same? Many people think of acupuncture when dry needling is mentioned, and while the same type of needles are used for both, dry needling is not acupuncture! Acupuncture is based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory - TCM, where a needles are inserted along “energy channels” to affect “Chi” flow, (energy flow). Dry Needling, on the other hand, is based in western medicine and scientific research and utilizes our knowledge of anatomy & physiology and neurochemistry. The primary focus is to needle muscles which harbor trigger points, it is a Musculoskeletal Therapy based on Myofascial Release. There have been a number of studies which have shown the insertion of a needle into a trigger point to be considerably more effective than acupuncture in releasing musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. In particularly research into the effectiveness of dry needling for lower back pain.

Keywords: Acupuncture, Dry Needling

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