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Dry needle therapy - What is IMS treatment?

IMS therapy, or generally known as dry needling therapy, is a treatment method based on the stimulation of muscle and soft tissues only with a needle without any medication on its name. The used needles are extremely thin and no pain is felt during the procedure. Technically, it is similar to acupuncture. However, in dry needles, the injection sites are not acupuncture points, but painful . sensitive or trigger points. It is one of the best options especially in the treatment of trigger point and fibromyalgia.

How does dry needle therapy work?

Trigger point disease, or, in other words, the most important characteristic of myofascial pain syndrome is the stiffness that occurs in the muscular tissue. This is because of the hardness of the muscles, the strain of the touch, the excessive stress, the weakness of the muscles affected by the muscles of the neck and waist, as well as the weakness of the muscles such as the desk head, and this is followed by a calcium- Many methods are used to ensure that this abnormal touch in the muscle is restored. One of the most effective methods in this regard is dry needle therapy. When the needle is immersed in the hardened trigger point, there is a slight increase in blood flow, an increase in blood flow, cleansing of the calcium-rich tissue in the area, and an increase in oxygenation.

How many treatments does dry-needle therapy require, alone enough?

Dry needle therapy is administered between 3 sessions and 20 sessions, depending on the diagnosis and the condition of the patient. 5-10 sessions in trigger point disease, 15-20 sessions in fibromyalgia, 10-15 sessions in waist and neck limbs, 1-3 sessions in sudden muscle involvement are sufficient. Sessions are organized according to the patient's situation, either every day or 2-3 days a week. In many musculoskeletal disorders, dry needle therapy is not a stand-alone method. Generally, it can be combined with exercise, physical therapy or electrotherapy. In trigger point treatment, dry needle and exercise are sufficient in most patients, while lumbar and neck calcification and hernias are applied together with physical therapy and electrotherapy.

What is the success rate of dry needle treatment?

The success rate of dry needle treatment in trigger point disease is very high. In waist and neck hernia, the effect of dry needle treatment is limited if nerve compression is present. Success rates of fibromyalgia are moderate in waist and neck pain without nerve pressure. In summary, dry needle therapy is the most commonly used method for the treatment of trigger point disease. Mostly it is successful in the treatment of this disease. The effect is very limited in the treatment of many other painful diseases. It is necessary to think of it as an auxiliary method.

What diseases are treated with dry needle therapy?

  • Trigger point disease (myofascial pain syndrome)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pain due to lumbar and neck limbs
  • Waist and neck hernias
  • Tendinitis, chronic tennis elbow
  • Painful shoulder, frozen shoulder.
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