Have you heard of dry needling? As a close sister of acupuncture, dry needling involves inserting thin needles into myofascial trigger points. This treatment is widely used by chiropractors to stimulate healing and relieve healing. Let’s learn more about dry needling and how it can benefit your wellness routine.
What is Dry Needling?
During dry needling, your chiropractor will insert small needling through the skin to reach the myofascial trigger points beneath. Fascia is a thin layer of connective tissue that encases every muscle, organ, bone, nerve fiber, and blood vessel.
Trigger points are sensitive areas that can form in muscle tissue. They’re often close to the source of a patient’s pain and may cause referred pain, or pain in a different part of the body.
By inserting small needles into trigger points, your chiropractor can relieve them to diminish tightness, boost circulation, and alleviate pain.
What Are The Benefits of Dry Needling?
Some of the key benefits of dry needling include:
Dry needling helps disperse inflammatory mediators (chemicals that trigger inflammation) in the treated area. This can lessen swelling and pain while preventing complications from chronic inflammation, such as fatigue, anxiety, and gastrointestinal discomfort.
Drug-Free & Natural
Dry needling gets its name in part because nothing is injected into the body, making it “dry”. The effects of this treatment come solely from the action of inserting the needle into the trigger point. This makes it an excellent option for patients who need pain relief but want to avoid the risks and side effects of pain medications.
Stimulates a Healing Response
Dry needling creates a tiny, controlled injury in the affected tissue. This boosts blood flow to the area and stimulates the body’s natural healing response. As blood circulates to the tissue, it supplies it with healing nutrients and oxygen to promote tissue regeneration.
To get started with dry needling for pain and inflammation, schedule an appointment at Florida Wellness Medical Group today!