What Does Dry Needling Treat?

If the thought of lying on a table and being poked by tiny needles makes you feel uneasy, you’re not alone. But a growing number of people — from athletes to people with injuries or chronic pain — swear by its ability to provide sweet relief for intense muscle pain and mobility issues.

Dry needling trigger point therapy has been used for decades, but it’s become an increasingly popular drug-free way to treat musculoskeletal pain.

Chronic pain refers to perpetually intermittent or continuous pain that lasts for more than three months. It can take a physical and emotional toll on a patient, and different people respond differently to various treatments – so you may have to try a number of therapies before finding one that works.

One option that works for many patients is dry needling, which relieves pain caused by trigger points. These trigger points are hyperirritable spots in the skeletal muscles, and dry needling can reduce their pain by releasing the knot and tightness.

One main benefit to dry needling is that it does not involve medicine or medication of any kind, which is why it’s called “dry.” Many people associate it with acupuncture, but dry needling involves a quick insertion and removal of the needle rather than leaving it in the skin. The concept is that the hair-like “needle” wiggles the pain away by creating movement and releasing tightness within the trigger point in the muscle.

How does dry needling work? It uses thin, dry needles — “dry” in the sense that they don’t inject anything into the body — that are inserted through the skin into the muscle tissue.

Our main focus is muscle and connective tissue and trying to restore mobility,

Triggering relief

When they’re overused or strained, muscles can develop knotted areas called myofascial trigger points that are irritable and cause pain.

An overused muscle undergoes an energy crisis where, because of prolonged or inappropriate contraction, the muscle fibers are no longer getting adequate blood supply.

If it’s not getting that normal blood supply, it’s not getting the oxygen and nutrients that will allow the muscle to go back to its normal resting state.

The tissue near the trigger point becomes more acidic, and the nerves are sensitized, which makes the area sore or painful.

Stimulating a trigger point with a needle helps draw normal blood supply back to flush out the area and release the tension. The prick sensation can also fire off nerve fibers that stimulate the brain to release endorphins — the body’s own “homemade pain medication.

Interested in learning more about this treatment- feel free to reach out at don@donkellypainrelief.com or you can give me a ring 089 273 4307

My treatment plan is the result of my experience and knowledge in treating chronic pains and injuries over the last 20 years. This is the holistic plan to guarantee pain relief, prevent recurring pains, and faster recovery. 

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