Physiotherapy is a topic of discussion amongst many practitioners performing physical activities. Dry needling has become quite a common treatment to release trigger points of pain with a needle. The reason is because it works like magic and it is safe! Recovering from an injury can be hard for athletes, dancers and sportsmen for as they have demanding physical jobs. Dry needling is a treatment that promises instant relief to some painful injuries as it releases trigger points inside the muscles through a needle.
Acupuncture is not dry needling:
It is the same kind of treatment like acupuncture but with a different approach. Traditional acupuncture is based on Chinese medicine, which aims to balance the flow of vital energy in the body. On the other hand, dry needling is branched out of Western medicine and is used by many physiotherapists in India.
How it works:
The practitioner/physiotherapist inserts a needle, which brings out an involuntary reaction in the muscle. It initiates an immediate elongation of muscle fibers that allows the muscle to relax. Immediately after the treatment, pain decreases and the range of motion improves.
This treatment works well for muscle strains and spasms, muscle tension, tendonitis, sprained ankles and many other common sports injuries. By the looks of it, it could be a bit scary if you are scared of needles. But the needles used for this treatment are tiny. Because it helps in releasing the deepest pains, it is claimed to be better than any other therapy.
It is best not to exercise for the next 24 hours post treatment, especially if it is your first time.
– Avantika Kochar
Avantika is a dance researcher, performer, choreographer, yoga teacher and visual artist (www.avantikakochar.com).
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