The main purpose is to improve tissue healing and restore muscle function. Dry needling can provide relief for muscular pain and stiffness, even chronic long term issues. In addition, easing the trigger points may improve flexibility and increase range of motion. That’s why this method is often used to treat sports injuries, muscle pain, and even fibromyalgia pain and is often our go to treatment for many issue we see.
Medical acupuncture works on the premise of creating blood flow to the area being treated and creating a twitch response in the muscle fibres.
If a muscle is held in prolonged or inappropriate contraction, the fibres won’t get adequate blood supply. Lack of blood supply, means lack oxygen and nutrients preventing the muscle to return to it’s resting tone.
Insertion of the needle creates a reaction that floods the area with fresh blood. Fresh blood = increase of oxygen and nutrients = muscle returning to resting tone.
A local twitch response is a contraction of the muscle and skin as the tense fibres contract when pressure is applied. This leads to a sudden change of pressure on the trigger point by needle penetration into the trigger point.
Even though it is painless, the twitch response could create an ache in the muscle once the needles are out but that doesn’t last long.