Ep. 062 | Poking into Pain: A Deep Dive into Dry Needling | Barbara Cagnie

Physiotutors Podcast

02-03-2024 • 41 mins

In this podcast episode, Barbara Cagnie, a physiotherapist and manual therapist, discusses the topic of dry needling, providing valuable insights into its definition, physiological effects, and clinical applications. Dry needling is described as a technique used by physiotherapists to treat myofascial pain, with the insertion of thin filiform needles into specific trigger points aiming to reduce pain and restore muscle function. Barbara highlights the physiological basis of dry needling, emphasizing its effects on peripheral and central systems, as well as its potential impact on pain and inflammation.

The discussion delves into the differences between active and latent trigger points, reliability in identifying trigger points, and the mechanism of referred pain. Barbara also addresses the evidence supporting the efficacy of dry needling in various musculoskeletal disorders, particularly in neck pain, highlighting the need for ongoing research to further explore its clinical applications.

The conversation touches on the contraindications and potential risks of dry needling, emphasizing the importance of proper training and anatomical knowledge to minimize adverse events. The future of dry needling is also considered, with mentions of ultrasound-guided and electrical dry needling techniques.

Barbara's expertise and comprehensive explanations serve to demystify dry needling and shed light on its clinical relevance. Her insights not only provide valuable information for physiotherapists but also instill curiosity about the potential of this technique in optimizing patient care.

Chapters

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:46 Defining Dry Needling
  • 01:49 The Physiology
  • 07:26 Difficulty of human studies
  • 08:15 Active vs. Latent Trigger Points
  • 10:05 Reliability Issues of TP Therapy
  • 12:00 Referred pain in Trigger Points
  • 15:40 The local twitch response
  • 17:50 In-situ vs. winding technique
  • 18:36 Research vs. Clinical Practice
  • 20:22 Dry Needling for Tendinopathy?
  • 23:58 Evidence for MSK Complaints
  • 28:01 Contraindications and Risks
  • 30:45 Needles vs. Hands
  • 32:16 Kai's Dry Needling Anecdote
  • 33:06 Are we chasing short-term effects?
  • 35:26 Top 3 Reasons to learn Dry Needling
  • 40:01 Closing thoughts
  • 41:06 Outro

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