Therapeutic Dry Needling:
What is Therapeutic Dry Needling?
Therapeutic Dry Needling (TDN) is a tool that physical therapists, chiropractors and a select few health care professionals use to restore the original length of a muscle and decrease trigger point activity.
In this process a thin micro filament needle is inserted into a desired location to elicit a neuromuscular response or contractile reflex of the associated connective tissue.
What is the physiology behind TDN? Why may it be beneficial to me?
In medical terms; physiologically Therapeutic Dry Needling will allow the myosin and active fibers within a muscles sarcomere to release their hold and return to their original lengthened state. Allowing improved mobility and decrease pain with the associated muscle or joint. This results in desirable physiologic responses including:
-Improving motion of the joint or contractile tissues
-Increasing white blood cell production; to speed up healing responses
Is Therapeutic Dry Needling necessary for me?
TDN is not for everyone. Some may benefit from this technique, but it may not be necessary for most to achieve similar results.
Other modalities such as: cupping, graston, trigger point massage or even ultrasound may also provide benefits.
Talk with your physical therapist to see if dry needling may be a good option for you.
What to expect after a session of TDN?
You most likely will experience increased range of motion and dec tension and stiffness of the area or joint right away.
You may experience bruising or have soreness for 24-48 hours in the join or soft tissue following the procedure.
This is due to the increase of lactic acid that is released into the bloodstream from the targeted muscles. If these symptoms occur, you may decrease the symptoms by drinking water, icing and stretching the affected muscles to help flush out these increased lactic acid levels and reduce Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS.