What is Dry Needling?Dry needling is a popular treatment technique used to treat acute and chronic muscular conditions. Myotherapists often use dry needling to address lower back pain, neck pain, headaches, muscles spasms, migraines, tennis elbow, TMJ pain, sciatic pain and so much more. We also use dry needling to switch off overactive muscles that are causing pain and to switch on underactive muscles to ensure the muscle work in the body is balanced out. This approach is what allows us to prevent injuries before they happen. Hence, it is so important to get a myotherapy check up every 2-3 months as we can address muscles that could cause injuries before the injury occurs.
How is Dry Needling different?The Sacroiliac joint dysfunction sij d (SI) Joints are formed by the connection of the sacrum (the sit bone) and the iliac bones (the hip bone). The sacrum is made up of five vertebrae that are fused together and the iliac bones are made up of two large bones that make up the pelvis. This means the SIJ joints connect the spine to the pelvis which is what allows us to walk/ create movement. The sacrum and the iliac bones (ileum) are held in position by a number of strong ligaments. The SIJ’s main function is to provide stability of the entire body therefore it does not offer much movement (about 3-5 degrees) or range of motion. However, it is important that this joint functions properly as any dysfunction can cause pain due to placing a lot of stress on the joint and lead to wearing of the cartilage of the SI joints and arthritis.
Dry Needling is used to:
- Release myofascial trigger points (taut bands or knots in muscles)
- Restore full range of motion in the muscle
- Improve muscle firing/ activation patterns which is very important for basic body function.
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