Dry Needling

(Ayesha Ahmad, Peshawar)

Dry needling is a hand-handled therapy carried out to regulate the restricted ROM and immobility. Being a component of hand-operated musculo skeletal physiotherapy , it is widely valued to combat against muscular pain and rigidity.

The sanative is a pertinence of filiform needles and the myofascial trigger point sites. Filiform needles are extremely slender, solid, short, well-made and stainless needless that cannot inject a liquid rather than make an activation for the pressure points. These needles are single-use needles.

Myofascial points are screwed sites, that often develops in muscles. These sites forms, serving as an aftereffect of the muscles being contracted (shortened) to the nth degree enduringly which are sensed too distressing when approached physically.

It is a therapeutic involving the administration of filiform needles that tarry for a minimal duration of about 3-5 secs or in accord to max degree, pretty nearly 10-30 minutes in the concerned insertion locus. The insertion loci may vary in correspondence to the technique. In case of the “In & Out technique” it is the myofascial trigger point whilst in event of the “Non-trigger point technique” it is the circumferential muscle. With the insertion of the needle, the constricted bands are liberated eventuating the trigger point actuation.

Objectives of Dry Needling

Dry needling targets at:
ØMitigation & toning down acute and chronic pain.
ØServing its part in re-instating against a malformation.
ØEnhancement of ROM (curbed by virtue of pressure points or scar tissue).
ØLiberation of trigger points.

Along with the noteworthy objectives there are numerous risk factors swinged within the technique, encompassing bleeding, bruising and transitory irritability within the perimeters of the insertion loci.

Taking into consideration the hygiene aspect, re-using the needles and using non-sterile needles can sow the seeds of blood concerning diseases.

Other side effects set forth by the sanative are digestive upset, fainting, being dyspeptic, and feeling lethargic.

According to sound analysis and reasoning it has been proven that personages ailing with needle-phobia should strictly steer clear of dry needling. Preggers too should refrain from it.

How significant "Dry Needling" is??

To a greater degree, dry needling is worked-out in consolidation with other therapeutics like thermotherapy, exercises etc.
Dry needling punch up various portions of the body by generating a soothing effect. Headaches, ear & eye pain, jaw pain, neck pain, backaches, hip pain, muscular stiffness, diverse sport injuries (tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow), knee pain, whiplash & phantom pain are admirably dealt by dry needling.

“Dry Needling” vs “Acupuncture”

Acupuncture is a Chinese customary course of healing and dates back to stone-age when prickly bordered stones replenished present era’s tool of needles.
On the contrary to the aforementioned technique, dry needling (as a curative for pressure points), ante cedes to 1979, proposed by a Czech physician Karel Lewit.
The former therapeutic goals to enhance energy continuum while the latter targets the trigger points.
There is neither factual nor systematic alliance between the two.
Use of filiform needles is the solitary shared determinant between the two.

“true flexibility can be achieved only when all muscles are uniformly developed” (Joseph Pilates)

Disclaimer: All information is provided here only for general health education. Please consult your health physician regarding any treatment of health issues.
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