This post is truly from experience, and as a professional volleyball player I am a huge advocate for the use of acupuncture for knee pain or dry needling for knee pain. However, don’t just take my word for it. I have had acupuncture done, which is a Chinese medicine approach and works by altering the meridians in the body, and I have also had dry needling done, which involves releasing trigger points with the needles. Both have helped my knee pain significantly. Be aware that the terminology can vary, and what I mean may not be what you have heard, but the point I am trying to make is I’ll be a pin cushion any day. I have only had positive results in regards to my knee pain. Here is evidence from two weeks ago.
Chronic knee pain is something that hits a lot of people, and although I believe there are a lot of things you can do to ensure you have healthy knees, acupuncture is a treatment that will definitely make a difference. Especially in conjunction with lifestyle and biomechanical changes. Acupressure for knee pain is something you can do at home with your fingers in place of the needles, not as effective, but definitely another way to treat the pain.
Here is a video covering a couple of acupuncture points for knee pain to help reduce discomfort and pain in general. be aware that there are other points within the body to help, I have had needles stuck in my feet and hand and found relief from the pain. Can I explain this? Nope, but I know it works.
Dry Needling For Knee Pain
The more common treatment I get for my knee pain is dry needling through my tight areas. Quads and ITBS are common areas that are treated and I get significant relief. I have previously had successful work on my hip flexor regarding knee problems. A lot of my knee pain comes from low soft tissue quality, repetitive jumping, and overall tiredness in the muscles. Dry needling is like a deep tissue massage in one go and can really get rid of a lot of trigger points very quickly. I swear by it and highly recommend it as an even more effective treatment than the traditional massage. I have had it done several ways, needles simply going in the trigger points, needles in the trigger points and then being spun (painful), crazy physios finding my trigger points with the needles and going in and out moving it around and trying to get that little ball released (very painful). This is very different to acupuncture, and often leaves me a little sorer directly after, but is by far my favourite treatment and one I turn to when I need quick release and pain relief.
These treatments are completely different and work on different principles. Dry needling is a direct soft tissue treatment used as an extension to massage, and acupuncture is a Chinese medicine approach. Knee pain sucks, so find out what works for you…. probably like me, a bit of both, coupled with exercises, soft tissue work and stretching. Get on it.