Since the 1940s, dry needling has been an effective method of treating pain in muscles, tendons, and connective tissues. Dr. Janet Travell, M.D., who was President John F. Kennedy's personal physician, made the discovery that "dry" needling might relieve pain just as well as "wet" needling. "Dry" describes the insertion of a solid needle without the slightest "wet" solution. Hollow-core hypodermic needles that inject a fluid, such as a local anaesthetic or saline solution, are referred to as "wet" needles.
For individuals with certain musculoskeletal conditions or discomfort, it is a secure and efficient approach. Long, highly fine, solid filiform needles made of stainless steel are used in this technique. The size of the needle chosen for the procedure depends on the tissue being treated.
At the site of insertion, dry needling produces a sharp sensation that travels along a particular pathway to the brain. Many patients experience less discomfort in their soft tissues and muscle fibres thanks to this energy flow. Additionally, reducing the trigger points might increase range of motion and flexibility. This is why fibromyalgia pain, muscle pain, and sports injuries are all frequently treated with this technique.
Spinal discomfort, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and other tendon pain and inflammation have all been successfully treated by dry needling. Additionally, this therapy helps relieve tight, painful, and spasmodic muscles. Because it speeds up the body's natural healing process, it can also help with pain relief after an accident or sports injury. Additionally, it can be utilised as a non-surgical treatment for diseases including persistent hip and knee discomfort. Overall, it has been demonstrated that when dry needling is included in the therapy plan, musculoskeletal function is recovered substantially more quickly. Patients can often anticipate seeing benefits from dry needling after two to four sessions.
Some of the common conditions treated are:
- Back pain, neck pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, myofascial pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Range of motion issues
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Golfer’s Elbow