What is Dry Needling?
The term “dry needling” encompasses aspects of intramuscular manual therapy and trigger point dry needling used to deactivate knots within the muscle bands, or myofascial trigger points, by inserting a small, monofilament needle directly into the myofascial trigger point (MTP). Deactivation of MTPs can result in immediate pain relief and release of the muscle knot resulting in muscle lengthening.
Dry needling can be performed in conjunction with other rehabilitation therapy modalities during the rehabilitation session. The patient rests comfortably as the needles are placed into MTPs. Occasionally, sedation is recommended for dry needling if the patient seems uncomfortable or painful.
Indications for dry needling:
About Myofascial Trigger Points
Myofascial trigger points are small areas of very tight muscle, or "knots," within taught muscle bands. These myofascial trigger points can either be active or latent. MTPs can be found in muscles throughout the body, and may impede or slow the progression of healing through rehabilitation therapy modalities.
Benefits of Dry Needling:
A thorough examination should be completed by a trained veterinarian or veterinary rehabilitation therapist prior to proceeding with dry needling. The examination should include a discussion of your dog’s previous rehabilitation therapy plan and modalities, as well as a discussion of the benefits and potential risks of dry needling.