Dry needling is a therapeutic technique that involves inserting a thin filament needle into muscle trigger points or areas of muscle tightness to relieve pain and improve muscle function. It is often used to treat various types of chronic pain, including musculoskeletal pain, myofascial pain, and neuropathic pain.
Dry needling in Bethesda has a long history of helping those suffering from chronic pain. As a minimally invasive procedure, it carries almost no risk of side effects.
The mechanism by which dry needling helps with chronic pain is thought to work in several ways:
- Release of Trigger Points: Dry needling can release trigger points or knots in muscles. These tight and hypersensitive areas can cause referred pain and discomfort, and by releasing them, it can help reduce pain and improve muscle function.
- Improved Blood Flow: The insertion of needles can stimulate blood flow to the affected area, promoting healing and reducing pain.
- Neuromuscular Effects: Dry needling may affect the nervous system, potentially disrupting the pain signals from the trigger points to the brain and promoting relaxation of the muscle.
- Endorphin Release: Some patients report feeling a sense of relaxation and pain relief after dry needling, which could be related to the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.
Dry needling has a great track record when it comes to alleviating neuromusculoskeletal pain. Many of our patients who undergo dry needling at our practice discover that they need less medication to manage their pain following this procedure.
At Bethesda Physiocare we have combined 52 years of experience performing dry needling. Additionally most of our Physical Therapist teach dry needling classes worldwide through Myopain Seminars. Did you know Dr. Jan Dommerholt owner of Bethesda Physiocare introduced dry needling to the United States in 1997? Call (301) 656-5613 learn more today.