Dry needling therapy is easy to learn and offers unique efficacy in treating soft tissue dysfunction. Increasing numbers of medical doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, occupational therapists, physician assistants, and nurses have recognized the clinical value of dry needling therapy and are learning this modality and using it with their patients.
The ultimate purpose of dry needling is to integrate physiological systems to achieve homeostasis for better body fitness. This integration is achieved by normalizing tissue dysfunction caused by local or systemic pathology.
Many studies have shown that people who maintain an appropriate level of body fitness will have the additional benefit of prolonged life. Especially between the ages of 50 and 70, studies have shown mortality to be three times less in the most fit people than in the least fit.12 Athletically fit people have more body reserves to call on when they do become sick. Proper exercise, good nutrition and regular de-stressing treatment can help body fitness for adults of all ages.
Based on a foundation of biomedical principles, dry needling can be practiced in many different ways according to any particular medical field. There is no reason that dry needling should be restricted to a particular style or technique. Every medical professional can develop their own style of dry needling once they understand the physiological mechanisms that underlie it.
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