Dry Needling: How it Helps Muscle Pain

Dry Needling: How it Helps Muscle Pain

December 1, 2021

Nearly everyone has experienced muscle soreness. For some people, the pain can be constant and relentless. Whether you’re physically active, aging, or suffering from a chronic condition, frequent muscle pain can impact your daily routine and affect your general well-being.

Fortunately, treatment options are available to help manage and alleviate muscle pain. One of these techniques is an increasingly popular method called trigger point dry needling. This unique method targets painful areas in muscles and connective tissue to help restore proper function.

If you suffer from chronic aching and soreness, it may be time to look into dry needling and how it helps muscle pain. 

How It Works

Usually, muscles will heal naturally on their own with rest. However, in some instances, the recovery process gets interrupted. When muscle groups get strained they can contract unnaturally and tighten. This can cause knots to form. 

When knots form in muscles, blood flow gets disrupted. This disruption can lead to acid build-up and cause increased soreness, referred to as a trigger point. This can also cause a lack of mobility and a limited range of motion. 

Dry needling is the process of injecting a thin, liquid-free needle directly into the affected muscle tissue. This helps release muscle tension by causing the muscles to twitch and then relax. The goal is to stimulate the affected muscle and increase blood flow. 

Dry needling is usually part of a larger treatment plan including other chronic pain solutions. Other rehabilitative techniques might include controlled exercise, stretching routines, and massage therapy.

A Versatile Treatment

A benefit of dry needling and how it helps muscle pain is its versatility.  It can help treat a wide range of issues throughout the entire body.

Dry needling is a viable option for treating soreness in your neck, shoulders, knees, feet, and elsewhere. No matter where your trigger point is, dry needling can likely help.

Dry needling is a personalized treatment plan customized to meet your specific needs and goals. It is an ideal treatment for athletes or those with existing injuries, but it can help anyone suffering from chronic pain.

Some treatment factors might include your level of physical activity, your current mobility, and what you hope to get out of the treatment.  

Proven Benefits

Dry needling is a procedure grounded in medical science and proven to help relieve muscle pain. It can serve as a key component within a treatment plan.

Some benefits from dry needling include:

  • Reduced muscle inflammation
  • Increased blood flow
  • Increased mobility
  • Reduced pain, soreness, and stiffness
  • No drugs/medications

Some patients have reported seeing positive results after just one session, while others have seen improvements over multiple sessions. The treatment is completely safe and causes little to no pain. 

We Offer Dry Needling Therapy for Chronic Pain

If you are suffering from chronic pain, take action by finding a treatment option that is right for you. Dry needling is just one of many pain relief services we offer at Mid-County Physical Therapy. Our expert staff will help put together an individualized treatment plan to meet your specific needs.

Schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about trigger point dry needling and how it helps muscle pain.

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