Professional Dry Needling in Cincinnati
Dry needle is a modern physiotherapy technique in which the practitioner inserts extremely fine filiform needles into myofascial trigger points on the patient’s body. As opposed to wet needles, dry needles do not inject anything into the muscle tissue. The goal is to relieve muscle tension, muscle pain, and muscle spasms through strategic trigger points.
After having started dry needling in 2007, Kyle A. Danemayer has built a reputation for being one of the leading dry needle practitioners in the region. His Christian-based approach to holistic medicine gives him a unique perspective on physical therapy and the spiritual side of life. Contact Matrix Dry Needle Physical Therapy LLC to learn more and book an appointment today!
What is the Difference Between Acupuncture and Dry Needle?
Although on the surface dry needle looks similar to acupuncture, the objectives and techniques are very different. Acupuncture follows the body’s natural energy flows, or meridian lines, and seeks to reorganize that energy to cure symptoms like bad digestion, insomnia, stress, and chronic pain. Dry needle, on the other hand, is aimed at reducing physical pain by targeting tense or knotted muscles. It is, therefore, less concerned with energy than with the reduction of physical pain having to do with muscle injuries and strain.
The process of acupuncture is also quite different from dry needle. While acupuncture needles remain in the body for an extended period, during a dry needle session, the needles are slowly inserted into the body and removed after a short period; this process may be repeated several times. Acupuncture focuses on the body’s energy flow, whereas dry needling is used to treat specific problem areas and relieve tension.
How Does Dry Needle Work?
Using steel filiform needles, the practitioner targets knotted or tense muscle tissue. These areas are known as myofascial trigger points. By placing these needles in these trigger points, dry needling aims to relieve pressure and tension in the affected area. The needles remain in the tissue for between 10 and 30 minutes. Because dry needling aims to affect muscle tissue, it is often referred to as intramuscular stimulation.
Is Dry Needling Safe?
Many clients who come to Matrix Dry Needle Physical Therapy LLC are unsure about how safe dry needling is. And it’s only fair with such a new and exciting medical practice. But because of Kyle’s full certification in both physiotherapy and Trigger Point Dry Needling, the patients at Matrix Dry Needle Physical Therapy LLC have absolutely nothing to worry about. Every precaution is taken in advance to ensure that both the general wellness and safety of every client is cared for. It goes without saying that a full sterilization of every implement is done after every session.
The side effects of dry needling are very minor. Clients who are affected at all, say they experience some slight bruising, bleeding, and temporary soreness. It’s nothing at all to worry about.
What is Dry Needling Used for?
Dry needling is used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal issues in the body. It aims to restore the proper function of specific muscles by penetrating and relaxing trigger points. Trigger points can develop in the muscles for many reasons, including poor posture, repetitive actions, and emotional trauma, and can cause dysfunction in other parts of the body.
Practitioners may suggest dry needling to treat a range of afflictions including, but not limited to:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Hamstring problems
- Muscular tightness
- Shin splints
- Sporting injuries
When Will I Feel the Effects of Dry Needling
Most patients will experience the effects of dry needling right away, finding their muscles less taut and more relaxed. Many people will describe being able to move their body more freely. In some cases, it may take up to a few days to feel the full effects of a dry-needling session.
Does Modern Research Support Dry Needling?
Research into the effectiveness of dry needling is still limited due to the fact that it is still a relatively new process. However, it is being picked up by physiotherapy practitioners across the country as a way to relieve mild and moderate pain. When performed by certified professionals, dry needle has been shown to be an effective form of pain relief.
Holistic Practice at Matrix Dry Needle Physical Therapy LLC
At Matrix Dry Needle Physical Therapy LLC, we focus on holistic wellness. That means we’re concerned with every aspect of our patient’s wellbeing. In addition to experiencing pain relief, clients will also feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready for all of life’s challenges.