The dry needling technique is a form of treatment used in physical therapy to treat pain effectively and efficiently. It targets myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) located within the skeletal muscle belly.
While to some degree similar to acupuncture in traditional Chinese medicine as they use the same type of needles, dry needling is a Western-based treatment method that stimulates trigger points in muscles that hold a lot of tension in them (“knotted” muscles). Meanwhile, acupuncture targets meridian points and focuses on restoring the body’s energy flow or “Qi”.
Trigger point dry needling can relieve many types of muscle pain. It has also been shown to relieve pain in several chronic conditions like multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia and sports injury Singapore.
Why Should You Try Dry Needling?
Get rid of chronic musculoskeletal pain without surgery or medication
While some may consider dry needling Singapore an invasive procedure, it is significantly mild compared to surgery. Dry needling entails piercing the skin with very fine, sterile disposable needles to reach the trigger points beneath.
Soft tissues such as muscles and tendons can be treated with dry needling to relieve pain, considerably reducing the need for pain medication which can be harsh to your stomach or cause allergic reactions in some individuals.
Sometimes during the process of dry needling, a spontaneous local twitch response may be experienced in the area receiving treatment. This can be expected, and one does not have to be alarmed by this occurrence.
Through the process of dry needling, the body responds by increasing blood flow and secreting a torrent of beneficial chemicals to aid recovery of the affected area.
Easy and quick needling therapies for multiple conditions
Indications of dry needling include, but are not limited to
Chronic Neck Pain
Chronic Low Back Pain
Plantar Heel Pain
Joint, Disc, or Spine Issues
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
However, there are relative contraindications for dry needling, where each case needs to be carefully considered if this treatment method can be administered, these include:
Absolute contraindications for dry needling include areas of infection or lymphedema or in individuals who refuse treatment, have a phobia for needles or are unable to give their consent due to medical or cognitive circumstances.
Lasting results from the very first session
A fine filiform needle enters the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points within the muscle and connective tissues. Dry needling enables your physiotherapist to target affected tissues that are deeper or do not respond to physical manipulation like soft tissue massage.
Many people report feeling significantly better after only one session. The more longstanding and persistent or extensive the ailments, the more sessions are expected. The most common being 4-6 sessions.
If you combine the effects of dry needling with relevant rehabilitative exercises prescribed by a physiotherapist in Singapore, you can reap considerable benefits from this treatment.
Certified experts in physiotherapy
Dry needling is classified as an invasive manual therapy for pain reduction. Only practising physiotherapists (physical therapists) who have attained their certification for dry needling are allowed to carry it out.
Rest assured, our physiotherapists have received their training and certification from Manual Medicine Australasia to ensure that you get the best 0f care with maximum results.
Furthermore, our physiotherapists have accrued extensive knowledge of anatomy and therapeutic treatments. This allows accurate diagnosis of your conditions and the development of a fitted treatment plan.
How Do We Support Our Patients?
AMP Lab provides premium care with a proven success rate to those seeking relief from chronic pain. Our treatment for you goes beyond dry needling, encompassing consultation, diagnosis and a customised treatment plan that combines different therapeutic modalities.
We will be there for you every step of the way to address any questions or concerns so that you understand your condition clearly. Testing will be carried out to derive an accurate diagnosis, with additional imaging and medical history review as necessary.
Your treatment plan begins with dry needling, which lasts around 5 to 15 minutes per body part, depending on how many body parts require dry needling.
It differs from its Asian counterpart, acupuncture, as you won’t need to lie in a position for an average of 30-45 minutes with needles sticking out everywhere!
A trained therapist inserts several filiform needles into your skin during dry needling. Filiform needles are stainless steel needles that are fine, short, and do not inject fluid into the body. It is for this reason that the term “dry” is employed. The needles are inserted into “trigger points” in your muscle or tissue. The needle helps remove the knot and reduce any muscle soreness or spasms.
Where necessary, a complimentary individualised Kinesio taping will be administered to support your treated area and facilitate better body part movements.
Finally, our physiotherapists will prescribe the appropriate individualised rehabilitative exercises for you to carry out. This will support the healing of your condition while strengthening your musculoskeletal tissues and preventing relapse as well.
A pain-free life with dry needling
While your pain may start mild, ignoring your condition may worsen the condition. Like any other treatment, dry needling works best in the early stages of chronic pain.
However, if your condition is left untreated for a long time, it may result in more severe strain or degeneration of the affected area, which may lead to the individual requiring more invasive procedures.
Save time, tears, and money with AMP Lab instead!
Our dry needling provides an effective solution for anyone seeking relief from stubborn pain.