You've probably heard of dry needling.
It's something used by myotherapists and you've heard it can be helpful for treating pain...
But what is it really?
Sometimes referred to as clinical acupuncture, dry needling is a technique where acupuncture needles are introduced to the skin and tissues just below. It differs from injection needling in one core way:
Nothing is injected into the skin and underlying tissue.
"Then what on earth is the point of the needles?" I hear you ask.
Dry needling is used to target and restore tissue and muscle function. It is not meant as a replacement to other methods of practice, but an effective way to accelerate pain reduction, healing and improve normal tissue functioning alongside other treatments used by your practitioner.
Results indicate that it is an effective way of treating stubborn chronic pain- so much so that many return to full functioning within reasonable time frames.
While the exact mechanisms of dry needling's effectiveness are not fully known, the growing body of evidence indicating it's effectiveness is undoubtable.
Does dry needling fit in with your treatment plan?
That's really dependant on you and your injury. However, it is a common form of treatment when beginning to address muscle spasms, muscle pattern imbalances or stubborn chronic injury.
Like any good treatment, it typically takes multiple sessions to see and feel any real difference, but there's no doubt that you'll be back to full mobility and normal life before you know it!