Washington Redskins Embrace Dry Needling

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The Washington Redskins have joined four other NFL teams by participating in a new form of therapy called “dry needling”.

As pleasant as the procedure sounds, it speeds up the time it takes for players to recover from serious injuries. I’m not sure why, but I hear the name Robert Griffin III screaming at me from the back of my mind as I type.

The procedure is similar to acupuncture, but supposedly goes deeper and does a much better job of stimulating recovery. Typically, trainers would massage the areas of what is known as “hyper-irritated tissue” to help speed up the process, but I suppose somebody somewhere along the line figured stabbing a needle into it would be a better idea.

Apparently, 30 minutes per injury is too long in the world of NFL, so the team will resort to this ultra-quick process of needling.

I don’t know about my readers, but I wouldn’t get anywhere near one of these things and I’m about to tell you why.

See, there are two main issues that jump out at me when I heard about this. The first is that needles scare all living things out of my body. The second is that I’m concerned we are beginning to rush healing processes that just shouldn’t be rushed.

If a human body was supposed to heal in two weeks, it would heal in two weeks. I feel as though in this day and age in sports, everyone is trying to rush their stars back onto the field before they are ready. Sure, it works every now and then, and the injured part may hold up for a season or two, but I’d have to think that somewhere along the line, the body is being negatively affected.

Looking at the RGIII situation, it is not a good idea to rush him back. The Redskins were so worried about what he meant for them on the field that they left him in much longer than they should have and he got hurt. Now, they are going to try to rush him back. That just isn’t a good idea.

Anyway, if anyone wants to have a needle thrust deep into their muscle tissue, the Redskins are offering.

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  • Peggy Haynes Anderson

    Actually this is not a recommended form of therapy for anyone and any reputable acupuncturist would never do this for fear of injury. It is done primarily by physical therapists who have literally a weekend course in this. Once they injure one of their multi-million dollar patients with this let’s see how great they think it is

  • Blake Beeston

    Thank you Peggy. “Dry needling” is a criminally undertrained (literally — acupuncturists get between 1800-3200 hours on average, and inserting acupuncture needles without an appropriate professional license is illegal in almost all states) discipline, where physical therapists are putting acupuncture needles in unsuspecting patients who don’t realize that their “therapist” has less training than accredited acupuncturists have to prove that they know how to sterilize their equipment. Dry needle courses are an average of a weekend, while clean needle certificates are 30 hours. They’re going to permanently sideline one of their athletes sooner or later and it’s going to end poorly. This is like going to a podiatrist to have your thyroid checked, it’s ludicrous and dangerous.