Dry needling (DN) is a treatment used in conjunction with sports massage. This technique is used to help improve function through releasing the myofascial trigger points and to help decrease pain. DN is not the same as acupuncture, however there are similarities between the two techniques. The main difference between DN and acupuncture is the theory behind how it works. DN is mainly focused on decreasing pain, restoration to help with the release of myofascial trigger points in the muscle. Whereas, acupuncture focuses of specific medical conditions by restoring the flow of energy (Qi) on certain points in the body. This helps with maintaining a healthy balance.
- helps to release myofascial trigger points
- assists in pain management
- helps improve joint mobility
- decrease pain and stiffness
- pain management in fibromyalgia
- relax muscles
Above are some benefits to be seen when using dry needling, so if you feel this would be something, you’d like to try within your rehabilitation plan, it can help improve the recovery time (depending on injury). DN is being used more and more as a treatment method, although it has been around for decades.
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The (Ansari, 2019) study, showed the benefits of dry needling in hamstring flexibility. This study showed positive effects on increasing hamstring flexibility, but as this was the first study to look into dry needling in flexibility, more studies will need to be conducted.
This (Castro-Sánchez, 2017) study, looked into the short term effects of dry needling and the neurophysiological effects in patients with myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) in the upper trapezius. It showed benefits for deactivating MTrPs which also helps to reduce pain.
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