Intramuscular Dry Needling Therapy
in Surrey, BC
Dry needling, also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling, is the use of either solid filiform needles (also referred to as acupuncture needles) for therapy of muscle pain, including pain related to myofascial pain syndrome. Dry needling is sometimes also known as intramuscular stimulation (IMS). Acupuncture is a broad category of needling practices with solid filiform needles. Modern acupuncture notably includes both traditional and Western medical acupuncture; dry needling is arguably one subcategory of western medical acupuncture. The IMS treatment will allow the shortened muscle to relax and lengthen (as the muscle “grasps” the needle and then releases), thus initiating the natural healing process.
Dry needling works by advancing the needle into the trigger point, which causes the muscle to grab onto the needle. This is called a localized twitch response. This localized twitch response is necessary in order to deactivate the trigger point, relax the muscle and take pressure off surrounding nerves. This can result in significant pain relief, decrease muscle tension, increase movement, and promote a return to activity.
Many common musculoskeletal and sports injuries can be effectively managed with dry needling. Improvements in pain, movement and function are typically noticed after 1-2 treatment sessions. Prior to treatment, your physiotherapist will perform a thorough assessment to determine if you may benefit from this technique. Your physiotherapist may also incorporate other forms of therapy into the treatment plan, such as manual therapy, exercise and education. The total number of treatment sessions will vary from person to person based on a number of factors, such as the cause and duration of your symptoms, your lifestyle and general health.
A broad range of musculoskeletal injuries can be treated effectively with dry needling.
These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Myofascial pain (pain from muscles and tissues)
- Low back pain
- Sciatica and hip pain
- Neck pain and whiplash
- Tennis and Golfer’s elbow
- Shoulder pain
- Repetitive overuse injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic pain