Muscle spasms can create a range of discomfort from mild annoyance to teeth gritting pain. Muscle relaxing medication is often prescribed to alleviate the pain, but not every patient desires to be put on a regime of drugs for pain control. Some patients should not take these drugs. Fortunately, there is an alternative treatment, backed by research and proven results.
Getting to the Point
Relieving musculoskeletal pain often requires a treatment plan that includes various modalities. Manual manipulation, massage and medication are a few. Dry needling is another. Reducing muscle tension caused by the spasm is essential for pain reduction.
Dry needling can improve mobility or range of motion of muscles, and helps with pain control. It is used to inactivate or release trigger points in the body. The technique has been shown to decrease recovery time and allow patients to return to active rehabilitation sooner.
Dry Needling Is Not Acupuncture
Both acupuncture and dry needling use needles to achieve results, but there are differences. Acupuncture has its roots in ancient traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncturists study the body’s energy channels and use acupuncture needles to align chi, or energy of the body. This practice has been used for centuries in Eastern medicine to treat a variety of health issues.
Dry needling differs from acupuncture in that it is used to relieve muscle tightness and pain. Thin, short needles are inserted into the muscle where a knot or pressure point is present. The needles do the work. There are no injections in this treatment; the needles are very thin steel filiform, hence the name dry needling.
Myofascial trigger points are common sources of muscle spasm and pain. When dry needling is used on these areas, muscle tension and pain are reduced. Individuals also experience an increase in range of muscle movement.
Sovereign Rehabilitation has professional therapists who have extensive training in their areas of expertise, and additional training in dry needling. All our professionals are deeply committed to providing patient-centered care with the most advanced physical rehabilitation services. Contact us for more information about dry needling or any of our other services.
Posted on behalf of Sovereign Rehabilitation
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Atlanta, GA 30342
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