When an injury occurs from repetitive use or acute trauma, inflammation will be produced from the damaged tissues. The damaged tissues will also go into a protective tension state or contracture to guard against further damage. This contracture and inflammation inhibits circulation, which limits both the oxygen rich blood reaching the injury and the waste products leaving the injury. The injury site loses oxygen and this stimulates the body to produce fibroblasts, a cell that produces fibrosis or scar tissue. This fibrosis and scarring builds up around the muscles and tissues limiting the tissues ability to fully function (lengthen/shorten) and can also cause compression and irritation of nerves (such as carpal tunnel syndrome) – all of which inevitably lead to biomechanical disturbances in gait and function.
Dry needling is an effective therapy to treat muscular tension and spasm -which commonly accompanies conditions such as arthritis, nerve irritation, muscular strain, ligament sprains and herniated discs. It is called “Dry” Needling because there is no solution injected as with a hypodermic needle during a flu shot. With Dry Needling, the needle itself and the effects it produces within the tissue is the treatment.
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