Over the last 20 years, dry needling has become a popular treatment for those who suffer from irritated muscles, as it stimulates trigger points to relieve pain and discomfort in these areas. 

It works by inserting short filiform stainless steel needles into the knotted muscle, leaving them there for a period of time until they have released the tightness. 

This can vary between ten seconds and 20 minutes depending on the area being treated, how severe the issue is, and the number of needles being used.

The needles stimulate the trigger point, helping normal blood supply to return to the area. This helps to ease tension, while also stimulating the brain to release endorphins, which are known to be a pain reliever.

By increasing blood flow to the tense muscle, this helps to decrease tightness, aid recovery, increase mobility and reduce pain. 

Although it can be slightly painful when the needles are inserted in the trigger point, this often results in a spasm of the muscle, which shows the muscle is reacting to the procedure.

Thanks to its effectiveness, lots of people are booking appointments with their chiropractor to sort out problems with their joints, spine, or disks. It can also treat tendonitis, migraines, whiplash, carpal tunnel, pelvic pain, phantom limb pain, and night cramps. 

The results are normally immediate, and if the patient undertakes regular physical therapy and exercise as well, the more effective the treatment is likely to be. 

Stretching, in particular, will improve the condition of the inflamed area after the procedure, helping to keep the trigger point pain-free for as long as possible. 

Although dry needling appears similar to acupuncture, the two treatments differ in that the former involves placing needles directly into or around the trigger points to stimulate the muscle and target the pain.

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