If you've ever broken your arm or needed to wear a cast, you will have noticed the dramatic change in muscle size that occurs very quickly after you stop moving.
With muscles, you lose it if you don't use it. Atrophy, which is the medical word for shrinking muscles, works like this:
The name for this injury cycle is a positive feedback loop, and it looks like this:
Needling can prevent muscle atrophy and facilitate muscle growth by interrupting the positive feedback loop: small contractions are made by a needle in a muscle, providing the neurological input required for the brain to re-prioritise the injured muscle for growth.
Since research started into this process in the 1960's, it has been demonstrated to be useful in aiding in the rehabilitation of people with stroke. In 2016, a German research group published a randomised control trial on injured professional soccer players. It showed that needling could facilitate growth in healthy muscles too.
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Yang A, Wu HM, Tang JL, Xu L, Yanh M, Liu GJ. Acupuncture for stroke rehabilitation. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016 Aug 26;8;Cd004131
Haser, C., Stöggl, T., Kriner, M., Mikoleit, J., Wolfahrt, B., Scherr, J., ... & Pfab, F. (2017). Effect of Dry Needling on Thigh Muscle Strength and Hip Flexion in Elite Soccer Players. Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 49(2), 378-383.
Dr Mitch Clark