Benefits of Dry Needling- Muscle Pain Relief for Athletes

Athletes tend to push their bodies with rigorous training schedules without sufficient rest in between. This results in severe muscle strain, which can affect their athletic performance. Dry needling can be used as a solution in such cases. It is a therapy used by physiotherapists, where ultra-fine needles are inserted into (myofascial trigger points) sensitive knots that form in muscles, ligaments, tendons, ligaments or near nerves. The aim is to stimulate healing for various painful musculoskeletal conditions. 

Clayton Heights Sports & Therapy Center has been helping clients by providing quality physio services since 2011. Our team includes chiropractors, physiotherapists and massage therapists, all focused on active rehabilitation. We also offer alternative practices such as cupping, cranial-sacral therapy and acupuncture.

In this blog post, our team discusses the advantages of dry needling.

What Is the Purpose of Dry Needling?

This treatment is witnessing increasing popularity because of its non-invasive and conservative approach. It promotes blood flow and healing in areas of the body that didn’t have success with other treatments. Physiotherapists make use of dry needling to help patients with problems such as:

• Neck pain
• Tennis elbow
• Low back pain/tension
• Spinal dysfunction
• Joint dysfunction
• Migraines

• Sciatica

How Does Dry Needling Work?

There is more to this treatment than just poking a dry needle into your skin. The process involves some scientific principles. The needles create a lesion that initiates certain physiological mechanisms to remodel inflamed and injured soft tissues. It improves muscle contractibility and extensibility. It also signals your body to release natural pain reduction factors.

Overall, what makes this treatment effective is that it encourages the body to heal itself naturally. There is no medication involved in this procedure and it is completely painless. Let’s take a look at the top three benefits.

• Relief from pain and muscle tightness

What makes the procedure effective is that it targets the trigger points of your body. If you are suffering from neck or shoulder pain, the therapist inserts needles into those detected trigger points to release tension, chemicals, inflammation and pressure in the muscles that have pain. This provides immediate pain relief. 

• Improved range of motion
Similar to relieving tension and pressure, this procedure helps to improve the overall movement of the injured body part. Easy movement and full range of motion are important for athletes who are constantly on the move.

• Speeds up recovery

The recovery process is the worst and the longest period after an injury. Also, some injuries need longer recovery periods. Dry needling provides quicker pain relief. It helps speed up the healing process compared to other treatment options.

Let Us Help

Whether you have been in a car accident, suffered a work injury or injured yourself while playing sports, Clayton Heights Sports & Therapy Center can help you. We provide treatment for various sports injuries including:

• Sprained ankles
• Knee injuries
• Sore feet
• Sore shoulders
• Tennis/pitcher elbows

We offer trusted treatment plans, current training, world-class equipment and use the latest technologies for laser, ultrasound and other modalities.

Read our blog post - Knead Your Way into Wellness —Learn How Massage Therapy Positively Influences Your Mental Health – for knowledge on how massage therapy can benefit you.

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