02 Mar Dry Needling – An Alternative Method for Chronic Pain
Happy Friday Ladies!
By now, if you are a reader of the blog, you know I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I am a believer in being proactive in your health. I have always been assertive when it came to my doctor and my health, as well as a person who is informed. Today I am talking about using Dry Needling as an alternative method for pain.
My doctor used to love when I would come to the appointment with printed pages in hand from my research, or points I had typed out to discuss. After diagnosis, I knew I needed something to control the pain I was experiencing. I personally am not one to believe one can only use natural medicines/herbs OR western medicine. There is no rule that says one over the other, although many people have strong beliefs about them.
I do use Western medicine for my pain, lack of sleep, but have also found other methods to be a “lifesaver” in terms of functioning and quality of life. I have had readers ask me about Dry needling, and i thought i would discuss it here and tell you that it is been a mainstay in my pain management and helps me greatly. When my PT told me she was taking classes for dry needling, she asked if I would be willing to try it. I became her first “guinea pig’. As a person that used to turn away when blood was drawn, I became adjusted to the dry needling technique rather quickly.
Dry needling is NOT accupuncture. Accupuncture uses a thin fillagree needle and deals with meridians and functions of the body. In dry needling, the needles are not left in the muscles of the body, rather, the muscles are needled with a med- fast motion, causing the release of tight knots or trigger points. I go to DN therapy every other week, as my body develops trigger points chronically, so this helps me to function. I am sore and very tired that day and the following, so I usually will rest and take hot baths with Espom salts.
I will say at first, it was something i had to get used to, as I had my calves needled in the first session, I think my toes curled! I did get used to the feeling, however, as i distract myself by talking to my PT to keep my mind occupied. It really doesn’t phase me much now, after 3-4 yrs of it, only to say that i need the following day to recover from sore muscles. I think I have had every muscle nearly needled with the exception of my hands and head!
Dry needling has been transformative for me. 10 years ago, I could hardly move from my couch, only to take the pups to the back yard to go. Now, am able to take walks, go out socially, and do many of the things that I enjoyed before I was diagnosed. This year, I have been able to get off 2 medications, and I do owe much of my improvement to dry needling. For me, I know I will not be able to do everything I did before EDS, but my quality of life has improved greatly since.
I should mention, if your muscle pain is not chronic, and is from sport, or occurs occasionally, you can also benefit. I must continue to go, however, with occasional muscle pain, a person could go for several sessions and have the issue resolved.
Have you tried dry needling or an alternative method for pain control?
Have a great weekend!
disclaimer- I am not a doctor, so please speak to a medical professional before trying any method .
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