Dry Needling is a technique that uses acupuncture needles to stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms both locally and systemically. Dry Needling has been applied clinically to help resolve a wide variety of sport and non-sport related injuries, pain syndromes, and other soft tissue dysfunctions in their acute and chronic stages.
The Dry Needling process involves inserting needles in the body to create tiny lesions and increase blood flow in the dysfunctional or injured soft tissues. The small lesions created by Dry Needling activate the self-healing physiological mechanisms that remodel injured and inflamed soft tissues. The tissue remodeling process includes reducing physical stress (soft tissue tension), normalizing local inflammation, and replacement of injured tissues with healthy fresh tissues in local area.
Dry Needling also has many beneficial systemic effects including reducing both physiologic and physical stress. Physical stress refers to muscle, tendon, and ligament tension that creates biomechanical imbalance such as joint and posture imbalance. Physiologic stress includes dysfunction of the systems of the body such as the immune, cardiovascular, nervous, digestive and endocrine systems.
Dry Needling restoring normal systemic function can be understood through an example of the balancing the sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (rest, relax, heal, and digest) component of the nervous system. Dry needling can reduce sympathetic output through reduction of norepinephrine secretion, which stimulate adrenaline hormones and increase secretion of acetylcholine in the parasympathetic nerves, which normalizes immune and digestive physiology.
Due to the broad healing effects of Dry Needling it can be of benefit for most health issues because of its ability to stimulate the body’s innate self-healing mechanisms. When coupled with our Your Inner Pharmacy’s holistic caused based approach, Dry Needling can be a powerful tool to restore and maintain your health!