Needle Therapy, today everything I’ll discuss on this topic. What is this therapy used for, benefits of this therapy and how much does it cost. Dry needling is also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling. Dry needling is a physical technique that therapists use for the treatment of movement impairments and pain. There are more benefits of using this therapy that I’ll discuss in this article so read it till the end. You might be thinking how does this therapy work. In this therapy, it uses thin, dry needles “dry” in the sense that they don’t inject anything into the body. Then it is inserted through the skin into the muscle tissue.
I’ve also recently discussed another wonder therapy, Leech therapy, or Hirudo therapy.
Will it Work Against Muscle Pain?
Dry needling is mainly used to treat myofascial trigger points, but it is also used to target neural ailments, connective tissue, and muscular ailments. The therapist places the needles in “trigger points” in your tissues or muscles. Dry needling therapists say the needle helps release the knot and relieve any muscle pain and spasm. This method is often used to treat sports injuries, muscle pain, and fibromyalgia pain. Dry needle therapy can help reduce muscle pain and soreness. A specially trained therapist uses a thin needle to release muscle tightness, promotes faster healing, ease tendonitis, and inflammation.
How Much Does a Dry Needle Therapy Cost?
This is a costly therapy, but very much beneficial. So, I personally suggest don’t look at the cost, read it’s benefits that I’ve discussed below. In India, a single session of microneedling therapy in any reputated skin clinic costs from Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000 per session per person. Persons who are suffering from muscle pain, low back pain, neck pain may need three to six sessions. Which will cost anywhere from Rs 25,000 to Rs 1,20,000. And in other countries, microneedling may cost anywhere from $180 to $750 per session per person. The number of sessions may vary, as most people need three to six sessions for optimal results. So in total, you may have to spend anywhere from $700 to $4,200.
10 Surprising Benefits of Needle Therapy
Let’s know how this therapy benefits us:
- May Cure Tennis Elbow – Dry needling can help treat the tennis elbow, runner’s knee, etc.
- May Work for Migraines – Migraines, and Headaches can be caused by muscle tension in the neck, shoulders, and face. Dry Needling can help release the tension and improve headaches.
- Effective Against Neck Pain – Some studies showed that dry needling therapy has significantly reduced neck pain.
- May Cure Low Back Pain – The technique provides a cost-effective alternative for the management of neuromyofascial back pain.
- May Work against Spinal Dysfunction – Some studies also showed that this therapy may effectively work against spinal dysfunction.
- Effective Against Sciatica – A therapist can use dry needling to identify the impacted point and insert needles around the areas of narrowing or trigger points. It greatly reduces the resulting pain.
- May Cure Joint Dysfunction – Dry needling in the regions surrounding those joints can help the muscle relax after injury or overuse and regain their normal size and elasticity.
- Improves Blood Flow – Inserting needles in the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, brain, spinal cord thus it improves blood flow.
- Loosens Stiff Muscles – The needle therapy relaxes muscle fibers, decreases muscle spasm, and releases tension.
- Can Improve Vision – Dry needling is able to release the muscle tension and improve the eyesight.
How Needle Therapy is used for Pain Relief?
Therapists use dry needling to release or inactive trigger points to improve range of motion or relieve pain. Dry needling therapy has been used for decades, but it is becoming an increasingly popular drug-free way to treat musculoskeletal pain. It plays an important role in muscle recovery and pain relief. As you’ve also seen in the previous section of this article I’ve mentioned needle therapy may cure low back pain. And it may work effectively against neck pain.
How Much Effectively does Needle Therapy Works?
In some studies, it is observed that dry needling provided more relief than a placebo treatment. It may provide instant relief in minor muscle pain or low back pain & neck pain. In many cases, improved mobility is immediate, and decreased pain is felt within 24 hours. Typically for major issues, it may take a few treatment sessions for optimal results. Dry needling can be used for a wide variety of musculoskeletal issues such as neck, back pain, heel, hip, and shoulder. But not everyone is an ideal candidate for dry needling. People with unmanaged blood clotting, immune system disorders, and children younger than 12 years are not the ideal candidate for dry needling.