Dry Needling Therapy Edmonton / IMS Therapy

Dry Needling: Precision, Relief, Recovery.

Step into the world of Vertex Physiotherapy – a sanctuary of innovative physiotherapy techniques, personalized treatment plans, and absolute commitment to your well-being. Rooted in the vibrant city of Edmonton, we pride ourselves on being a beacon of health and recovery. Among our wide array of services, one stands out for its remarkable effectiveness in alleviating pain and facilitating muscle rehabilitation: Dry Needling Therapy.

What is Dry Needling Therapy?

When the ancient technique of needle therapy meets modern medical understanding, something truly transformative occurs. Dry needling therapy Edmonton is a testament to this fusion. While this treatment utilizes fine, sterile needles similar to those used in acupuncture, its principles and objectives align more closely with contemporary Western medicine.

Dry needling focuses on relieving muscle pain and stiffness by targeting myofascial trigger points, knots of muscle that are hypersensitive and can cause pain when compressed. By inserting the needle into these trigger points, dry needling can release the tight muscle bands associated with them, thereby relieving pain and restoring function.

Our Approach to Dry Needling Treatment

Our approach to dry needling therapy in Edmonton centers on the patient. We start with a thorough examination to understand your medical history and current condition. This allows us to devise a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs. Our seasoned physiotherapists are well-trained and certified and follow stringent safety protocols, ensuring our patients receive the best care possible. To maintain the standards of hygiene, we use only sterile, single-use needles that are safely discarded after each session. Our treatment rooms and equipment are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized regularly to prevent the risk of infection.

Conditions Treated by Dry Needling

Dry needling physiotherapy at our clinic can offer relief for various conditions. These include:

  • Pain-related Conditions: Chronic and acute pain, neck and back pain, muscle tension and spasms, fibromyalgia.
  • Sports Injuries: Dry needling can accelerate recovery from sports injuries, including strains, sprains, and inflammation-related conditions.
  • Headaches and Migraines: By targeting trigger points in neck and shoulder muscles, dry needling can help alleviate tension-type headaches and migraines.
  • Postural Disorders: Conditions caused by poor postures, such as tension in the neck, shoulders, and back, can be improved with dry needling therapy.

Potential Discomforts faced during Dry Needling

At Vertex Physiotherapy, patient safety is paramount. Dry needling is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified practitioner. However, like any therapeutic intervention, it may carry potential side effects. While these side effects are typically temporary and mild, it’s important to be informed about them before starting treatment. Here are the most common side effects associated with dry needling:
  • Mild Soreness or Bruising: After treatment, you may feel soreness in the area where the needles were inserted, similar to the sensation after a vigorous workout. Some patients may also notice minor bruising. Both of these effects should subside within a few days.
  • Fatigue: This is a normal reaction as the body responds to the therapy and begins the healing process.
  • Minor Bleeding: Since the therapy involves penetrating the skin with needles, slight bleeding can occur at the insertion points. This is usually minimal and stops quickly.
  • Muscle Twitching: During the treatment, your muscles may twitch. This is typically a good sign as it means the therapy is hitting the right trigger points and can provide relief.
  • Aggravation of Symptoms: In some cases, the symptoms might briefly worsen after the treatment before they start to improve. This is known as a ‘rebound effect’ and is usually a temporary reaction.
  • Emotional Release: Occasionally, dry needling can provoke an emotional response, such as crying or feeling emotional. This is considered normal, particularly if the treatment is addressing long-held tension or pain.
Remember, these side effects are typically minor and temporary. However, certain individuals should avoid dry needling, including those with a fear of needles, pregnant women (in some cases), individuals with blood clotting disorders, or those with a compromised immune system.

Your Path to Recovery

Dry needling therapy at Vertex Physiotherapy embodies our commitment to delivering innovative, patient-focused care. Whether you’re dealing with chronic pain, sports injuries, or just seeking to enhance your overall well-being, our dry needling therapy in Edmonton could be your next step toward a pain-free, healthier life. Book your appointment with us today and experience the Vertex difference.

Frequently Asked Question

Although both involve the insertion of thin needles into the body, they are different practices. Acupuncture, with roots in traditional Chinese medicine, aims to balance the body’s energy. In contrast, dry needling is a modern practice targeting myofascial trigger points to relieve pain and improve function.

Most patients report feeling little to no discomfort during dry needling therapy. Some may experience a ‘twitch’ response or a brief sensation of discomfort, but this typically subsides quickly.

The response to dry needling varies among individuals. Some people may feel immediate relief after their first session, while others may need several treatments to notice a significant difference.