Whether it is neck pain, headaches, or migraines, many of them result from tension or tightness of the muscles in and around your neck and shoulders. Poor posture, prolonged sitting, repetitive actions, poor work habits, lifting heavy things, stress, and old injuries can all contribute to neck pain and tension headaches or even trigger debilitating migraines. The most common method for dealing with headaches, migraines, and neck pain is the use of OTC medications. However, medications can only offer temporary relief and do not address the root cause of the symptoms. Dry needling for neck pain and headaches has recently emerged as an effective treatment option for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. Recent clinical trials suggest that dry needling can offer great benefits to all those suffering from acute or chronic neck pain, headaches, or migraines.
The Effectiveness of Dry Needling In Relieving Neck Pain and Headaches
Dry needling also referred to as trigger point dry needling (TDN) is a drug-free treatment approach in which sterile acupuncture needles are inserted into the skin and muscles of the patient with an aim to alleviate tight bands within active muscles (trigger points).
Dry needling works in two main ways to reduce the tension in the neck muscles which ultimately results in treating headaches and migraines.
- Normalise muscle length – multiple muscles are involved in the neck and head movement that may contribute to headaches and migraines. The major ones include rectus capitis posterior major, sternocleidomastoid, and levator scapulae. Dry needling targets the trigger points in these muscles with an aim to normalise muscle length
- Decrease excessive nerve activity – some muscles found in the neck region actually share the same nerves that penetrate into the skull or head. Dry needling for neck pain and headaches targets these nerves with an aim to decrease excessive nerve activity. As soon as the tension is relieved in these muscles and nerves, the patient is able to feel immediate positive effect on movement and function.
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Dry needling for neck pain and headaches