Since then, the NFL players have been using this treatment to prepare themselves for the upcoming games.
Dry needling technique basically involves the insertion of acupuncture needles into the trigger points. This treatment dates back to the early 1900s when the physicians tried to stimulate the “chi” or energy flow along the energy lines in the body. Dry needling is also known as the “ashi acupuncture” or trigger point acupuncture, as it requires the needling of specified trigger points, the same ones known as the pressure points in acupuncture.
The increase in the usage of dry needling therapy for pain relief has increased the confusion regarding the similarity between acupuncture and dry needling. Proper understanding of the dry needling is required, so that its association with acupuncture can be comprehended.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling (DN) requires a skillful acupuncturist who possesses a license to perform the procedure. In dry needling, the acupuncturist uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate the trigger points known as the myofascial trigger points together with connective and muscular tissues. This is done in order to manage the neuromusculoskeletal pain and the movement impairment.
The trigger bands are a tight band of skeletal muscles which are present in a group of large muscles. These trigger points are touch sensitive and the pain can radiate to other parts of the body when these trigger points are touched with needles. The main aim of the acupuncturist is to relieve the trigger points by the help of dry needling.
Benefits of Dry Needling
If you are a dry athlete, then surely you have to try various different patterns of movement and limitation of a single muscle can become extremely problematic for you. Well you need not to worry anymore whether you are Triathlete, crossfit or an Endurance athlete, you all can benefit greatly from the dry needling therapy provided by me.
I am an acupuncturist specialized in the field of Sports Injury and Recovery. I am a licensed practitioner, so you have got nothing to worry about. I provide one of the best therapeutic treatments for sports personnel in Denver. The reasons for trying the dry needling therapy under my supervision are discussed below:
Dry needling can greatly improve your mobility by providing you instant relief from the pain due to injuries. The needles stimulate your muscles and improve muscle lengthening and soft tissues. The increased movement permits you to return to the game with restored energy.
Pain occurs when a group of muscles or a single muscle is hyper-stimulated. Dry needling stops the muscle’s hyperactive state and restores it back to stable and proper functioning.
Prevention from Injuries
Needling can reduce the pain instantly form any injury by stimulating the touch points. But at the same time, it can also prevent future injuries by restoring the optimal functioning of the body. This allows the body to become healthy which means greater mobility and reduced injury risk.
When the body’s function is restored to optimal level, through needling, the muscles in the body become charged with new energy. Muscle lengthening occurs, which then allows you to perform at your fullest.
Less Side Effects
Dry needling is performed in a natural way and does not involve any surgical procedures, drugs or chemicals. Therefore, it has no long lasting or severe side effects, making it a very effective therapy, especially for the athletes.