Dry Needling is used to target a specific area of pain by inserting a small acupuncture-like needle into a taut band of muscle (also called a trigger point) can cause a "twitch response" which allows for various neurological, chemical, and physical effects to occur in the muscle.
- Increased Blood Flow: blood flow in the area will increase and continue to increase after treatment, allowing increased oxygen and nutrients to flow to the area
- Decreased Muscle Shortening: By Releasing the spasm, the muscle is able to return to a more normal, resting length which allows for more efficient firing and thus creating stronger and more efficient contractions as well as decreasedresting tension in a body area.
- Release of Waste product Build Up: trigger points can hold on to waste products that develop as a result of muscle contractions rather than allowing them to be excreted back into the bloodstream. Releasing the trigger point can allow those waste products to be released back into the bloodstream.
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Types of Conditions Dry Needling Can Assist:
- Shoulder Pain
- Tennis/Golfers Elbow
- Hip/Gluteal Pain
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Muscular Strains/Ligament Sprains
- Chronic Pain
- Sports Injuries/Pain
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