Dry Needling

Dry Needling (PS) consists of the use of mechanical stimulation by a needle as a physical agent for the treatment of myofascial pain syndrome (SDM).

Definition & Meanings

SDM is defined as the set of signs and symptoms caused by myofascial trigger points (PGM), which include referred pain, that is, experienced outside the area where the PGM is responsible for muscle weakness, mobility restriction, incoordination, fatigue muscle, delay in relaxation and recovery of muscles after their activity, as well as muscle spasm The adjective "dry" is used, not only to be faithful to the original English term (dry needling), but also to emphasize the fact that no chemical agent is used and thus unequivocally distinguish it from other invasive techniques in which some substance is infiltrated, such as local anesthetics, sterile water, isotonic saline, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or botulinum toxin.

Use & Technique

Dry Needling ismainly used in the first phase of the treatment of MDS, that is, in the phase in which an attempt is made to eliminate the Myofascial Trigger Points that cause the patient's symptoms. There are different Dry Needling techniques in the treatment of Myofascial Trigger Points, for which it constitutes one of the most effective procedures, especially when combined with other physiotherapeutic techniques that can promote a better use of its effects, completing its action and preventing relapses.

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