Electro Dry Needling is a modified form of dry needling which utilizes an electro-stimulation unit connected via cables to fine filament needles. The combination of dry needling with electro-stimulation often prolongs the pain relief effect by blocking nerve pathways and preventing pain signals from travelling to the brain.
The frequency, intensity and mode of stimulation will vary depending on the reason for the treatment.
Low frequency/High Intensity stimulation will typically be used with a frequency of 10 Hz during Electro Stimulation, which is optimal for targeting the motor fibers that are responsible for producing long term pain relief.
High frequency/Low Intensity produces quick acting, short term pain relief by preventing pain messages from travelling to the brain and blocking nerve pathways.
During the treatment of EDN you may experience twitching, contractions, numbness or tingling in the area that is being treated. The frequency and intensity are consistently monitored to avoid pain or discomfort. This method of treatment often results in relaxation and pain relief.
People’s response to this therapy varies from one person to another. When the needle is inserted, for some patients it may feel like a tiny piercing and others don’t feel the needle at all. The needle will often reproduce pain or symptoms and create a dull ache. Patients may also get a twitch in the muscle which is a response to the trigger point. When the stim unit is placed onto the needles, the patient begins to feel a pulse within the muscle belly which can be slightly uncomfortable for some while others may enjoy the stimulation.
Electro Dry Needling is commonly used to treat Acute and Chronic Conditions such as:
- Musculoskeletal pain: Strains, Spasms, Cramps, Hypertonicity, Painful Trigger points, Bone Fractures
- Tendinopathies and Joint Pathologies: Arthritis, Sprains, Disc Pathologies, Joint Restriction
- Nerve Damage: Neuropathy, Radiculopathy, Post-Operative Pain.