How does IDN Work?
IDN is based on neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. A very fine filament needle is inserted through the skin and into the deeper tissues considered trigger points to address sensitized areas to create a therapeutic lesion. Dry needling works by causing and therapeutic microlesion within the pathological tissue thus breaking up shortened tissues, inhibiting a reflex arc from the nervous system to the tissue, normalizing the inflammatory response, and centrally mediating the pain (not just locally). This mechanical, neuromuscular and biochemical effect provides an environment that enhances the body's ability to heal which ultimately reduces pain and increases the range of motion.
What is IDN's Approach
Our approach considers the systemic neurological relationship of pain and tissue dysfunction as well as sensory nerve modulation and physiology.
There are currently three generations of dry needling.
The systemic concept of IDN allows the practitioner to view and treat the human body as an interrelated organism, essentially the gestalt theory, yet allowing the clinical freedom to adapt the treatment for each patient. As a result, IDN provides the framework upon which to address all types of physical dysfunction. IDN can be considered the third generation of modern dry needling.
What is the procedure and what does it do?
A sterile solid monofilament needle is inserted through the skin and into symptomatic soft tissue. The mechanism of action for dry needling is it creates a microlesion in the symptomatic tissue releasing the tension in the shortened tissues and promotes an increase in circulation to the symptomatic tissues, all while causing a non-pharmacological natural biochemical cascade within the body thus promoting healing. This mechanical and neuromuscular effect provides an environment that enhances the bodies ability to heal and decrease inflammation which ultimately reduces pain.
How Will I Feel After?
This will vary but many patients feel an immediate relief of their symptoms and an increase in the range of motion. Soreness can also be a common response from patients but does not occur in everyone. Some people may experience and delayed achiness or soreness into the next day. The soreness, if present, will usually last 1-2 days, use of heat and light massage, as well as movement, will be beneficial. Mild bruising may occur at the needling sites and is more prevalent in certain areas of the body. Application of ice to the bruised area will help.