Functional Dry Needling
Have you heard of Functional Dry Needling? Or perhaps Trigger Point Dry Needling? These terms are used interchangeably and can be performed by qualified Physiotherapists where acupuncture needles are inserted into trigger points to treat pain and muscle impairments.
What Should I Expect?
The needles used are thin and usually there is little to no pain during insertion (depending on the individual). The practitioner will then try to generate a ‘twitch’ or muscle response aimed to cause these muscle fibers to relax to a normal resting state.
What Does Research Say?
Research shows that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscular tension, and restore muscle activation.*
What Is It Used For?
Dry needling has also been shown to reduce the concentration of neurotransmitters associated with pain, and cause a migration of nutrients to the area to help regenerate injured tissue.*
*Cummings MT, White AR. Needling therapies in the management of myofascial trigger point pain: a systematic review. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2001;82(7):986–992
*Chen JT, Chung KC, Hou CR, Kuan TS, Chen SM, Hong CZ. Inhibitory effect of dry needling on the spontaneous electrical activity recorded from myofascial trigger spots of rabbit skeletal muscle. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2001; 80: 729–35