Naturopathic Physical Medicine has a lot to offer when it comes to musculoskeletal problems. One tool is Dry Needling. Very thin acupuncture needles are used at trigger points (tight bands of muscles). This technique facilitates the relaxation both within the muscle itself and at the neuromuscular junction. This results in the muscle fibers relaxing. The process also pulls on the surrounding fascia and connective tissue stimulating the activity of fibroblast (cells that help build connective tissue).
Many people notice improvements in the first or second session. Dry needling combined with other physical medicine techniques such as spinal manipulation, muscle energy stretching, and therapeutic exercise can decrease pain and speed up the healing process.
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