Dry needling is “a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.
Dry Needling for Headaches
Dry needling is utilized by many physical therapists, chiropractors, athletic trainers, and other conservative health care professionals as a powerful treatment option for a wide variety of conditions. These conditions include:
Dry needling works to address not only soft tissues, but is also able to speak with the brain and nervous system to improve function. This is hugely important in being able to rewire and desensitize the brain to pain in cases like fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions. In these conditions, dry needling has been shown to help break the neurological pain cycles that are often the cause of chronic pain conditions. In short, when the body is in pain for a long period of time, your brain actually learns to perceive pain more often which can lead to pain in an area from even things as harmless as light touch. Dry needling can help reprogram the brain to essentially “forget” about being in pain.
Dry needling utilizes the same needles used in acupuncture, but for a different intent. When one of these needles is inserted into the body, it creates a small lesion in the soft tissue. This lesion created by the insertion of an acupuncture needle creates two main responses that accelerate healing in the body:
1) Dry needling re-stimulates the healing process in the body, by creating an increase in local blood flow. This brings and increase in oxygen, nutrients, and pro-healing cells to the area.
2) Dry needling signals adaptation in the nervous system which reduces pain and increases function. This ability for the nervous system to change its function and pain response is a theory called neuroplasticity.
These responses in the body that occur via dry needling lead to the following benefits:
For these reasons, dry needling is a powerful tool that is a foundational element in many of our clinician’s treatment plans. Whether you are suffering from an injury, trying to keep yourself functioning optimally, or performing at your best, we highly recommend a dry needling session.