I’m Dr. Derek Myers with Kinect Rehab. Today we’re going to be talking about dry needling procedures, how dry needling has changed my practice, and how it has done amazing things with functional rehab.
Dry needling is a procedure in which you use a tiny little needle.
I use these sterile little needles which are very tiny. If you can see that, it’s really thin and small. I use these needles to go into a sore muscle that’s bound up and adhesive. I have to break those adhesions loose to release that muscle so that it can work again. These adhesions can cause horrible pain and refer pain.
Look up referred pain patterns in the glutes and shoulder muscles on Google. You’ll see a lot of crazy pain patterns. Dry needling is wonderful for those referred pain patterns in the two areas!
Dry needling is not acupuncture.
Acupuncture works on energy flow through the body. Dry needling is an entirely different process and procedure. I am literally going into that muscle and breaking up those adhesions.
It’s an amazing therapy and it’s an amazing modality. It has absolutely changed my practice.
The reason that it has revolutionized rehab and my practice is that several tissues and knots are so deep that you can’t get a thumb or an elbow in there to break them loose effectively. Massage and stretching might give you a little bit of temporary relief, but they’re not really breaking anything loose.
“It is a regenerative therapy, so it literally rejuvenates that muscle tissue so it can work again.”
Muscle tissue with dry needling means that I can go right to that spot and pinpoint that area. I can break it loose without bruising, creating horrible problems, or pain in all the surrounding tissues. I can go right to the problem and can correct it. It’s a regenerative treatment. That is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at (740) 462-8604.