More and more people today consider alternative medicine to inspire health.
Instead of traditional or mainstream therapies, people sometimes seek complementary medicine as it feels more natural and helps them feel more in control of their body.
One such practice that is slowly gaining popularity today is dry needling. It’s a method similar to acupuncture but they each have a different purpose.
If you want to learn more about this new healing method, here are 4 things you should know:
1. How does dry needling work?
Dry needling is a contemporary alternative treatment used to address muscular tension and pain.
It works by inserting stainless filiform needles that are fine and short to several trigger points in the body.
The term “dry” is used because the needles don’t inject any fluid into the patient’s body.
Targeting these trigger points claim to release knots and tensions caused by muscle pain and spasms.
The needles are left for about 10 to 30 minutes to take full effect and promise a gratifying relief from the patient.
2. It’s different from acupuncture
Although the steps in performing acupuncture and dry needling are similar, the two practices differ in theory and philosophy.
Acupuncture believes that by opening up the body’s energy flow or chi, patients experience stress and pain relief.
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Medical acupuncture work by stimulating muscle nerves using long and thin needles, enough to encourage endorphin production which is responsible for relieving pain.
Dry needling is pretty new. In the moment, it only aims to address muscle pain and tightness by inserting dry needles into a pressure point to release tension.
Being a new development in the alternative medicine industry, dry needling has no official regulations yet compared to acupuncture.
3. Advantages of dry needling
While not a lot of studies have been made to further the claims, most of the existing ones agree that dry needling is effective in providing relief to mild to moderate pain.
The short video below further explains the benefits of dry needling:
It’s also found to be helpful to those suffering from myofascial pain caused by trigger points.
The twitch caused by poking at these trigger points provide therapeutic benefits to those who experience neck and back pain, frozen shoulder, muscle spasms, strain injuries, and a lot more.
4. Risks of dry needling
Side effects to dry needling are common but they’re only mild. Serious ones are very rare.
If you plan to undergo this procedure, the most common side effects would be observed around the injection site.
Since the procedure deals with needles, there may be bruising, bleeding, and temporary soreness observed. Don’t worry though, as all those are mild side and adverse effects.
The more serious ones would be probably due to the use of unsterilized needles so be careful when choosing the clinic too.
You may be at risk of contracting infections and diseases when the tools used on you are unsanitary. It would be great for you to learn about improving your health and resistance to lower the risks.
Another risk to consider is, as mentioned above, the lack of regulation. Since it’s a fairly new practice, don’t expect your therapist to have any formal training or certifications about it.