Dry needling is essentially using a dry needle
which is generally an acupuncture needle or a very fine filament.
Dry needling can be recommended for relieving MTrP pain in the neck and shoulders in the acute phase close to the time of injury
Wet needling injects through the needle-like a cortisone injection
Wet needling is found to be more effective than dry needling in relieving MTrP pain in the neck and shoulders in the sub-acute and chronic phase, when the pain has been there a while.
Chronic Low Back Pain with Disc Herniation
Pain is considered chronic when it lasts for more than three months. According to Tüzün et. al (2017), low back pain is one of the most common health problems worldwide; causing job-related disability, affecting employee job performance and healthcare costs. Statistics show that about 60–80 percent of adults experience low-back pain at some point in their lifetimes. The vast majority of patients experience low-back pain for mechanical reasons. A herniated lumbar disc is one of the most common causes of chronic low-back pain. It is characterized by particular findings, such as pain, paravertebral muscle spasm, losses of strength, and hypoesthesia, during the course of the disease. As a way to treat it, the dry needling technique was developed to reduce the number and the sensitivity of the trigger points related to pain. A recently conducted study (Tüzün et. al, 2017) showed that dry needling does not only show a significant difference in dealing with chronic back pain but was also an effective treatment in terms of reducing trigger points, sensitivity, and kinesiophobia—the fear of pain due to movement. So if you have been experiencing pain in the last three months or more, it is time to book your appointment for dry needling. Be part of the minority, not the 60-80 percent.
Non Specific Neck Pain
A study from the public Primary Health Care Centre in Madrid (2017) shows that issues of chronic non-specific neck pain can be addressed via Dry Needling. Such ailment is attributed to a myofascial pain syndrome is characterized by the presence of muscle contractures referred to as myofascial trigger points, which is directly targeted by Dry Needling. The said study worked with a total of 130 participants experiencing nonspecific neck pain with active myofascial trigger points in their cervical muscles. They did four sessions of treatment, applied over two weeks with a six-month follow-up. With just these few sessions, the patients saw significant improvements with their cases, compared to those patients who only did passive stretching. Not only did Dry Needling process lowered pain intensity, but it also addresses the patient’s concerns with regards to mechanical hyperalgesia, neck active range of motion, neck muscle strength, and perceived neck disability. Just a few Dry Needling sessions can change a person’s life—forever!
Who commonly experiences neck pain?
One of the most frequent complaints among office workers is neck pain (Cerezo-Téllez et. al, 2016). A long day at work, staring in front of a screen may highly contribute to the cause of one’s neck pain. A study from the Physical Therapy Department at Physiotherapy in Women's Health Research Group at Physical Therapy Department of University of Alcalá, in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain observed 44 office workers who experienced neck pain and have active myofascial trigger points in the trapezius muscle. They were separated into two groups: those who were treated with the Dry Needling, and a control group with only did passive stretches of the trapezius muscles. They were observed for three weeks, and consultation followed after 15 days. The outcome showed that those who did Dry Needling saw positive effects in terms of handling pain, as compared to those who did passive stretch only, proving the Dry Needling is effective, especially for those who work more than four hours a day in front of their screens.