Physiotherapy helps to relieve pain and to restore movement and function when someone is affected by an injury. It can also help to reduce risk of injury in the future.
Physiotherapy can be helpful for people of all ages with a wide range of health conditions, including problems affecting the bones, joints and soft tissue, such as: neck pain, low back pain, back stiffness, sciatic nerve pain, rotator cuff's injuries (tears, strains, tendinitis, bursitis), frozen shoulder, tennis or golf elbow, hip or knee pain (hip bursitis, condropathia patellae, patellae tendinitis),, any muscle strain, muscle pull or muscle tear, etc.
Physiotherapy can also improve your physical activity while helping you to prevent further injuries.
Some of the main approaches used by physiotherapists include:
- Manual Therapy – where the physiotherapist uses their hands to help to relieve pain and stiffness, and to encourage better movement of the body.
- Education and physical activity advice – the physiotherapist can give general advice about habits that might be affecting you in your daily life, such as wrong postures. Exercises may also be recommended to improve your general health and mobility, and to strengthen specific parts of your body.
Another very efficient and important technique that can also be used by specialised physiotherapists is Dry Needling.
DRY NEEDLING: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW AND HOW CAN IT HELP YOU.
What is a trigger point?
A myofascial trigger point is a palpable and hyperirritable nodule in the muscle, located in a taut band of a muscle fiber. In a trigger point, the muscle doesn’t receive
the nutrients needed for its correct working. This point is painful at palpation and can also produce referred pain and loss of flexibility and joint mobility.
Trigger points treatment with Dry Needling: how does Dry Needling work?
The treatment of myofascial trigger points with Dry Needling consists in introducing an acupuncture needle in the trigger point, producing a spasm that destroys it. After applying this technique, the Central Nervous System starts a regeneration process of
the injured muscle. That way, more nutrients arrive to the muscle and it gets completely relaxed, with a very important improve of located and irradiated pain.
Physiotherapists use Dry Needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain, reduce muscle tension and improve range of motion.
Dry Needling can be used with optimal results in injuries as:
- Rotator cuff injuries (tears, strains, tendinitis, bursitis...)
- Frozen shoulder
- Tennis or golf elbow
- Neck and low back pain
- Sciatic nerve pain
- Hip and knee pain (hip bursitis, condropathia patellae, patellae tendinitis...)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Ankle sprain
- Any muscle strain, muscle pull or even muscle tear
Dry Needling can only be used by experienced physiotherapists with specific postgraduate education and training.