The main goals of Integrative Systemic Dry Needling (ISDN) are to:

  • Normalize soft tissue dysfunction
  • Balance musculoskeletal biomechanics
  • Restore homeostasis
  • Promote self healing
  • How ISDN Can Help Heal Your Musculoskeletal Injuries

Imagine you were going to the gym, and decided to start on the treadmill for your normal run. You were running late, and decided to skip your warm-up. You start the treadmill at 6.5mph and suddenly feel a sharp burning pain at the back of your knee shooting to the bottom of your buttocks. You have strained your hamstring muscle. Not an uncommon injury that happens to many people. What has happened at the microscopic level, and how can ISDN help?

vancouver-dry-needlingWhen you strain a muscle, you create many micro-tears in your muscles, fascia, and tendons. This leads to inflammation which causes pain, redness, swelling (depending on the degree of strain). As the pain slowly subsides, you start to feel really stiff, and inflexible. At this stage, the body has started to lay down scar tissue to repair the damaged tissue. Scar tissue in a non-elastic, non-contractile tissue and it weakens your muscles, tendons, and ligaments as they are built in to repair damaged tissue. If you are afraid of pain and do not move the leg over the next few days, this can lead to pathological shortening or lengthening of soft tissues which in turn, leads to biomechanical imbalance. Sooner or later you may start to feel pain in other areas of the body such as your hip, knees, feet, and ankles.

ISDN can affect the process described above from the beginning, at the stage of inflammation. When you get injured, the body is stressed and therefore homeostasis is disturbed. Energy must be re-directed to a different area to heal the damaged tissue. Acupuncture can help restore homeostasis by stimulating release of various immune factors and hormones from the endocrine and immune system to decrease pain and inflammation. Small lesions are also created in pathologically lengthened or shortened tissues, to allow the body to restore the proper tissue length. Combined with proper stretching and strengthening exercises, biomechanical balance can be restored.