Local Mechanical Affects:
- Winding, tenting or needle grasp to deform and disrupt fibroblasts pithing the neighboring collagen tissue. This results in increased opioid-mediated response.
- Local Twitch Response, which decreases muscle contraction and improves range of motion. This mobilizes collagen restrictions within the muscle and fascia.
- Increase pain pressure thresholds
- Stimulation and decreased inhibition of descending sensory pain pathways
- Activation of central-mediated systems. Activation of areas in the brain involved in pain processing and the emotion of pain.
- Improves blood flow to nerves and tissues due to a decrease in vascular compression.
- Inflammatory and immune systems responses are initiated.
Not all dry needling is equal. There are different types of dry needling. Some physical therapists utilize trigger point needling, which pistons the needle into and out of the tissue. We use dry needling with electric (EDN), where the needle goes into the tissue, wraps the tissue around the needling, and uses current to stimulate the tissue. We believe this makes dry needling not only more comfortable but more effective.
The other difference is the degree of training the therapists have. Some take weekend courses, while others go through a rigorous program to understand the ins and outs of dry needling. Please do your homework and select a doctor with the skill level and experience to perform dry needling safely and get the BEST results.
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Dr. Tyler is a physical therapist and founder Scottsdale Physical Therapy & Performance in North Scottsdale, Arizona. He see golfers, MMA athletes and active adults. His focus is offering one-on-one sessions for 1 hour focused on developing individualized programs to get you back to your goals.
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– Dr. Tyler PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, TPI-2