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Trigger Point Dry Needling for Musculoskeletal Conditions

March 13, 2019

If you are looking for one of the most effective treatment modalities for musculoskeletal conditions, then you might want to consider dry needling. The increasing popularity of dry needling in the UAE, particularly in Dubai, has made many people aware that there is an alternative treatment to physical injuries and ailments. In this post, let us take a look at how dry needling can target trigger points, alleviate physical pain, and restore health.

Dry needling is a treatment technique that aims to restore the healthy condition of the muscles, joints, tissues, tendons, and ligaments. It uses small filament type needles, which are inserted into the skin, targeting trigger points. These trigger points are painful “knots” in the muscles, which cause discomfort, decreased flexibility, and poor range of motion.

It is worth noting that dry needling is not the same as acupuncture. Dry needling is based more on Western medical research while Acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine. For example, in acupuncture, needles are inserted along the meridian line points while in dry needling, needles are inserted into the “trigger points.” Acupuncture is more often used to treat internal ailments while dry needling is utilised for musculoskeletal problems.

How does dry needling work?

Dry needling aims to elicit a therapeutic local twitch response. Through the insertion of hair-like needles, a quick contraction reflex happens. This shows that the needle hit the correct trigger point. The contraction reflex or local twitch “resets” the muscle and thereby, decreasing muscle contraction, improving flexibility, and reducing chemical irritation.

Patients could experience little to no pain during needle insertion. Most patients would only experience brief cramping and twitching of the muscle.

How dry needling address musculoskeletal conditions?

No matter how healthy your body is, through time, it gets worn down and thus, physical ailments occur. Your body experiences various stresses from improper posture, pressure, and repetitive movements. As a result, your muscles develop “knots” and sometimes, nerve irritations that cause pain and discomfort.

With dry needling, it targets your muscular knots and releases it from pressure and unnecessary muscular contractions. A skilled Dubai physiotherapist uses dry needling in combination with other manual physical therapy techniques such as massage, exercise, osteopathy, and manual lymphatic drainage.

Finding the right physical therapist
Now that you know how dry needling can help patients with musculoskeletal conditions, it is time to find a physical therapist who can help you. In Dubai, there are a lot of options, but not all physical therapists are the same and equal in the quality of services they provide.

Thankfully, you can make a better choice when you choose Scandinavian Physiotherapy Center. We provide excellent and effective physiotherapy treatment services which include dry needling. Give us a call today and see how we can restore your body to optimum health!