Dry needling is also a safe and effective treatment option for many conditions. It has been found to be effective for treating a wide range of conditions including neck and back pain, headaches, migraines, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, and plantar fasciitis, among others. It is also commonly used to treat sports injuries, such as strains and sprains, and conditions related to chronic pain, such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Below are common applications for dry needling:
- Muscle pain and stiffness – Dry needling can help to relieve muscle pain and stiffness by targeting trigger points in the affected muscle.
- Tendinitis – Dry needling can help to relieve pain and inflammation associated with tendinitis by targeting trigger points in the affected tendon.
- Headaches – Dry needling can be used to treat tension headaches and migraines by targeting trigger points in the neck and shoulder muscles.
- Joint pain – Dry needling can help to relieve joint pain by targeting trigger points in the surrounding muscles and ligaments.
- Fibromyalgia – Dry needling can help to relieve pain associated with fibromyalgia by targeting trigger points in the affected muscles.
It’s important to note that a trained and licensed professional should only perform dry needling, who will thoroughly assess the patient’s condition and create a personalized treatment plan based on their specific needs. The professional will then use a thin, sterile needle to target specific muscles or areas of pain or discomfort. The treatment is generally well-tolerated; most people experience little or no pain during the procedure.