How Does It Work?
Integrative dry needling is not acupuncture (traditional Chinese medicine): it is based on neuro-anatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. A very fine filament needle is inserted through the skin and into the deeper tissues that are considered trigger points to your pain. Dry needling works by causing a micro lesion within the pathological tissue, normalizing the inflammatory response, and centrally mediating the pain. This mechanical and neuromuscular effect provides an environment that enhances the body's ability to heal which ultimately reduces pain.
What conditions can be treated?
Conditions include, but are not limited to, neck, back and shoulder pain, arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer's elbow), buttock pain and leg pain (sciatica, hamstring strains, calf tightness/spasms). Neurologic Dry Needling can treat but is not limited to Cervicogenic headaches, migraines, POTS, Chiari malformation, trigeminal neuralgia, TMJ, and cranial nerve issues.
Integrative Dry needling involves placing a small needle into the tissue that is tender with the intent to normalize the physiology of the area and regain homeostasis, which will improve the function of the musculoskeletal system resulting in symptom reduction.
How DN works:
Integrative Dry Needling fuses filament needles to inoculate minor lesions into the soft tissues (skin, muscles, fascia, tendon and ligament, etc) to activate the healing process, resulting in pain relief and restoration of healthy physiology. As stated by IDN, “Neurologic dry needling treatment focuses on addressing neurogenic inflammation resulting in peripheral nerve sensitization.”
The pathophysiology of myofascial pain involves:
The widely known concept of trigger points and their referred pain patterns are one of these histological abnormalities.
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