It is very well known how much work-life today has become stressful and tedious. People today suffer from various back problems, shoulder problems, and knee problems because they sit all day on their chairs in the office. Even young people are suffering from diseases that were odd to be found in the olden days. There is no option than sitting in the office, but there are procedures that can improve the motility of your body parts without making them prone to diseases and aching problems. These procedures include chiropractic, dry needling therapy, radial shockwave therapy, and more. This article will discuss the effects of dry needling therapy on various body parts, such as dry needling shoulder, back, and dry needling knees.
What is dry needling?
Dry needling is a therapy that originated in Singapore, this therapy has been a western approach nowadays, but the effects remain the same. These therapies reduce muscular tension and pain in the user’s body. The needles in these therapies are placed on the myofascial trigger points of the user. These points are the most irritable in the user’s body and are also associated with a hypersensitive nodule in a tight band.
These needling therapies focus on myofascial pains that usually occur in the whole musculoskeletal system; these pains can result in or be affected by:
- Joint and disc problems
- Lower back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Phantom pain
- Night cramps
These wide ranges of pains need one solution of dry needling.
How does dry needling works and affects us?
Dry needling affects the immediate increase of pain threshold, increased motions, and decreased muscle tone, resulting in decreased pain in musculoskeletal trigger areas. The mechanism which resulted in these effects are:
Local twitch response: dry needling in the body can result in an involuntary spinal reflex known as local twitch response, which can cause the contraction of the muscle receptor affected with pain.
Effects on the blood flow: Dry needling methods cause vasodilation in the blood vessels leading to oxygenation and increased muscle blood flow.
Neurophysiological effects: dry needling methods produce homeostasis at trigger points, reducing the central and peripheral sensitization to pain.
Dry needling results in an overall reduction in pain and makes the body muscles free from tight muscle callouses and dry skin. Dry needling should always be performed by a licensed physical therapist that understands the trigger points better.