Myofascial Dry Needling

Myofascial Dry Needling

At VRIVC, we offer a unique form of manual therapy that helps decrease musculoskeletal pain in animals by treating acute and chronic conditions and restriction of motion.

Trigger point dry needling is such a unique and specialized technique. Therapeutic, trigger point dry needling aims to reduce your dog’s myofascial pain caused by myofascial trigger points and the resulting muscle spasm and dysfunction.

Dry needling is a general term for a therapeutic procedure that involves multiple advances of a filament needle (sterile needle) into the myofascial trigger points.

Dry needling is not an injection, but sterile placed needles that deactivate the trigger point (or knotted muscle), thereby reducing pain and restoring regular length and function of the involved muscle by increasing circulation, increasing venous and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia.

As in most tissue, irritation of fascia or muscles causes local inflammation. Chronic inflammation results in fibrosis, or thickening of connective tissue, and this thickening causes pain and irritation, resulting in reflexive muscle tension that causes more inflammation. In this way, the cycle creates a positive feedback loop and can result in ischemia even in the absence of the original offending agent. Dry needling aims to break this cycle through direct needling of contracted muscle tissue.

Dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even pain and injury prevention, with very few side effects.

Dry needling also benefits the immune, inflammatory, biochemical, vascular, and neurological systems. Dry needling is extremely effective at eliminating canine neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits.

The Difference Between Dry Needling and Acupuncture

  • Dry needling is a technique that emphasizes treating the neuro-musculoskeletal systems based on pain patterns, muscular dysfunction, and other orthopedic signs and symptoms.
  • Dry needling relies upon the time of treatment of physical examination and assessment to guide treatment.
  • Acupuncture is a treatment based on eastern medical diagnosis, requiring training in Chinese medicine.
  • Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific acupuncture points along the skin of the body. According to traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as meridans.

It is used to treat some of the following conditions:

  1. Overuse syndromes
  2. Acute musculoskeletal dysfunction
  3. TMJ syndrome
  4. Chronic spinal pain
  5. Chronic limb pain
  6. Orthopedic and neurological compensations
  7. Tendinitis or Tendinosis