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Are You In Pain? Dry Needling Can Help You Find Relief
Did you know dry needling is beneficial and pain free?
Dry needling is a safe and effective method of treatment provided at ProActive Physiotherapy to reduce pain and muscle tension, while simultaneously improving mobility.
It has been proven to treat numerous musculoskeletal issues, including acute and chronic injuries, overuse injuries, neck pain, headaches, back pain, sciatica, muscle spasms, muscle strains, tendinitis, knee pain, hip pain, fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and more.
How does dry needling work?
This treatment method is used by our licensed Edmonton, AB physiotherapists as a way to relieve pain.
When performing dry needling, our physiotherapist will insert a sterile needle through the skin, into the underlying tendons, ligaments, or muscles that have been affected, in order to relieve pain, decrease muscle tension, and improve mobility.
While it is a common misconception, dry needling is not acupuncture. It is based on a modern scientific study of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems.
While there are some similarities, dry needling is strictly based on Western medicine principles and research. It provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal, ultimately reducing pain in the process.
Does dry needling hurt?
Most of our patients report feeling little to no discomfort when undergoing dry needling treatments.
Our highly-trained physiotherapists know how to make the process as painless as possible; however, some patients may still experience a “twitch response” with the insertion of the needle.
This is comparable to a quick muscle cramp or ache. The 24-48 hours following a dry needling treatment may also result in muscle soreness, which should go away on its own.
Sore muscles can be treated at home by applying ice and/or heat packs and drinking plenty of fluids.
So, how will I benefit from dry needling?
There are a large variety of musculoskeletal issues that can be treated with dry needling. When paired with our traditional exercise-based physiotherapy treatments and advanced manual therapy techniques, we have found that the vast majority of our patients achieved the pain-free goals they were aiming towards.
After conducting a comprehensive evaluation to assess the nature of your condition, our Edmonton, AB physiotherapist will let you know if dry needling is the best course of treatment for you.
We have used dry needling to treat several diverse conditions, from chronic pain sufferers to athletes experiencing delayed onset muscle soreness.
How many dry needling/IMS treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required depends on several factors: your general health, the duration and extent of your condition, the prevalence of scar tissue, the condition of your nerves, and how quickly your body can heal. If the pain is of recent origin, one treatment may be all that is necessary. The average person responds very well within four to six treatments.
How effective is dry needling/IMS?
IMS has a remarkable success rate, as proven by the elimination of symptoms and signs, even for chronic pain.
Is this the same as acupuncture?
No. While both treatments use acupuncture needles, IMS and acupuncture are very different procedures. Acupuncture is a traditional Eastern medicine that focuses on energy flow within the body. IMS is a newer Western treatment that specifically targets muscle pain. Acupuncture is typically painless while IMS elicits a twitch response.
So, this hurts a lot, right?
Do not expect dry needling/IMS to hurt. However, thanks to the twitch response and the fact that the treatment is actively releasing over-tense muscles, you may experience some light discomfort.
Should I take pain medication beforehand?
There is no need to take pain medication for IMS or dry needling before your treatment. Our gentle physiotherapists make the experience as painless as possible, and medications that dull your senses beforehand can reduce the effectiveness of the treatment over the long term. Over-the-counter pain management can be taken after the treatment, if you so desire.
Is IMS/dry needling affordable?
ProActive Physiotherapy is a direct billing clinic in South Edmonton/West Edmonton. Most of our services are covered (all or in part) by most benefit plans.
How do I get the best dry needling/IMS treatment in Edmonton?
As your local physiotherapists in the Duggan community of South Edmonton and The Hamptons/Edgemont Communities of West Edmonton, we welcome both new, returning, and referral patients. Call our clinic or book through our website to learn how dry needling/IMS treatment in Edmonton can dramatically improve your movement, your muscles, and your life.
Are you ready to get started?
Dry needling can speed up recovery time and allow you to return to your daily life as quickly as possible.
We’ll help you get you started on the path toward recovery!