Dry Needlingis a mechanism for reducing trigger points throughout the body. The best way to think about it is like driving on a highway. If there is a slow car in front of you, then you pass them. By passing them, you use…or overuse…other lanes. So that break down in other lanes is caused by a disruption elsewhere.
This analogy works as muscles have a defined number of fibers. They can get bigger, and can get smaller, however they cannot be removed unless they are removed.
With trigger point dry needling we remove that barrier from the muscle fiber and allow for all fibers to work in unison. This will allow muscles to work as intended, decreasing pain and increasing performance.
We can also stimulate a healing response with dry needling. We use a process called‘pistoning.’ Pistoning is a process when the needle is positioned in various areas to kick start thehealing process. This is similar to when you were a kid and the doctor had to rebreak your armto allow it to heal correctly.
Dry Needling uses a sterile acupuncture needle that is inserted through the skin into muscles,tendons, ligaments, and/or close to nerves to immediately reduce pain, decrease muscletension and increase mobility. Dry Needling is not acupuncture; it is based on a modernscientific study of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. This treatment techniqueprovides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal which ultimately reducespain.