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  • Writer's pictureSusan Winograd PT

What is Dry Needling? How is it Different than Acupuncture?

What is Dry Needling; Is Dry Needling the same as Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is based in Eastern Chinese medicine philosophy using the principles of the meridians (channels) of the body.

The goal acupuncture is to treat the systems of the body by placing a needle into acupuncture points.

Dry needling is rooted in Western medicine and is used to treat the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. The needle is inserted into a trigger point (a muscle fiber that is tight or in spasm) of a muscle belly.

At times it can be inserted around a nerve, tendon or scar.

This causes the muscle fibers that are taut (tight) to twitch, a chemical reaction takes place and the tight muscle fiber is released allowing more blood flow, oxygen and healing to come to the area while signaling the pain centers in the brain to relax and stop sending pain signals to the area.

This treatment is quick and highly effective.

Dry Needling can be used to help release muscles that either refer or cause pelvic pain and may contribute to painful sex. It can help resolve urinary urgency, frequency and/or leaking by releasing trigger points in muscles that contribute to bladder dysfunction.

Dry Needling may also be highly effective to relax and lengthen muscles that contribute to groin pain, hip pain, sacroiliac joint pain, sciatica and /or pubic symphysis pain

It's important to remember that this is just one possible technique in what should be a diverse toolbox of a healing plan of care for bowel, bladder and sexual .

Every healing plan of care should be individualized for each clients unique needs and goals!!

Can Dry Needling Help you heal from pelvic pain or from bowel, bladder or sexual dysfunction?? Call Pelvicore Rehab LLC at 561-295-1631 NOW to find out!

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