Dry Needling

Dry needling treatment method is used in the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal diseases and pain and movement limitations due to these diseases. Acupuncture needles or fine injection needles are used in the treatment and these needles do not contain drugs. Hardening in the muscle is tried to be eliminated by using the mechanical effect of the needle.

How is the dry needling treatment method performed and in which diseases is it applied?

Muscle spasms and trigger points occur in muscle stiffness; they are described as kulunç among the people. In dry needling, a needle is inserted into these indentations and waited for a few seconds; In this way, it is aimed to dissolve the spasm and relax the trigger points.

The diseases in which dry needling treatment can be used can be listed as follows:

  • Neck–back pain

  • Backache

  • Shoulder range of motion and shoulder pain

  • myofascial pain syndrome

  • Fibromyalgia syndrome

  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow

  • painful muscle spasms

  • Pain caused by standing still in the same position (such as using a computer)

  • Pain caused by muscle tension due to posture disorder or scoliosis

  • Hand, elbow, shoulder, heel and hip tendinitis

  • Sports injuries and rehabilitation

  • Pain due to trigger points in the jaw joint

  • Post-traumatic spine pain

Depending on the affected state of the muscles, single needle application can be made or multiple needle applications can be made.

Although acupuncture needles are used in the treatment, this method is different from the acupuncture application. The needles are inserted into the muscle, which is the direct trigger point, which is determined as a result of the examination; The place of application may vary according to the patient and the condition of the disease. There are no standard application points as in acupuncture practice. Since it is a drug-free application, side effects such as allergies and drug interactions do not occur.

What should be the frequency and number of sessions of dry needling treatment?

Usually 1-2 sessions per week are applied. The total number of sessions is generally evaluated in the form of 3-5 sessions according to the patient’s disease and recovery period. In some patients, 1-3 sessions are sufficient, while in some patients, 8-10 sessions can be applied rarely, depending on the severity and condition of the disease.

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