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How can Dry Needling Help my Shoulder pain?

Dry needling is a form of physical therapy that involves the use of thin needles to stimulate specific points in the body. It is often used to treat muscle pain and other musculoskeletal issues, including shoulder pain. In this blog, we will explore how dry needling can help alleviate shoulder pain, its potential benefits and risks, and how it compares to other treatment options.

What is dry needling and how does it work?

Dry needling is based on the principles of traditional acupuncture, which is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for centuries to treat a variety of health issues. However, unlike acupuncture, dry needling is not based on traditional Chinese medical theories, but rather on a modern understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the body.

During a dry needling session, a physical therapist will insert thin needles into specific points in the body, known as trigger points. These trigger points are areas of the muscle that are tender to the touch and may be associated with muscle pain and dysfunction. The therapist may use a variety of techniques, including twirling or tapping the needle, to stimulate the trigger point and release muscle tension.

Dry needling is thought to work by stimulating the body’s natural healing processes and increasing blood flow to the affected area. It is also thought to help reset muscle activity and reduce muscle spasm, which can contribute to shoulder pain. In addition, dry needling may help improve the range of motion in the shoulder and reduce inflammation, which can also contribute to pain relief.

Benefits of dry needling for shoulder pain

Dry needling has been shown to be effective in reducing muscle pain and improving function in individuals with shoulder pain. Some potential benefits of dry needling for shoulder pain include:

  • Reducing muscle tension: Dry needling can help release muscle tension and spasm, which can contribute to shoulder pain.

  • Improving range of motion: Dry needling may help improve the range of motion in the shoulder, which can be limited due to muscle tension and stiffness.

  • Reducing inflammation: Dry needling may help reduce inflammation in the shoulder, which can contribute to pain and stiffness.

  • Improving overall function: Dry needling may help improve overall function in the shoulder, including strength, flexibility, and coordination.

Risks and considerations

While dry needling is generally safe when performed by a trained and licensed therapist, there are some potential risks and considerations to be aware of. These may include:

  • Pain at the needle insertion site: Some people may experience pain at the needle insertion site, although this is typically mild and short-lived.

  • Bruising: Bruising may occur at the needle insertion site, although this is generally mild and will resolve on its own.

  • Infection: There is a small risk of infection from the needle, although this risk can be minimized by using sterile needles and proper infection control practices.

  • Allergic reactions: Some people may have an allergic reaction to the needles or the materials used during the treatment, although this is rare.

  • Other risks: There is a small risk of other side effects, such as dizziness or fainting, although these are rare and typically resolve quickly.

It is important to discuss any concerns or questions about dry needling with a qualified therapist before beginning treatment.

Comparing dry needling to other treatment options

Dry needling is just one of many treatment options available for shoulder pain. Other options may include:

  • Medications: Over-the-counter or prescription pain medications may be used to help manage shoulder pain. These may include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

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