Dry Needling is a treatment technique often used by physical therapists to relieve pain, muscle tension and improve mobility. Used in a variety of musculoskeletal problems such as headaches, neck pain or back pain, tendinitis, “Sciatica”, knee or hip pain, and fibromyalgia, the dry needling technique uses a sterile acupuncture needle that is inserted through the skin into muscles, tendons, ligaments, and/or close to nerves to immediately reduce pain, decrease muscle tension and increase mobility. This treatment technique provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal which ultimately reduces pain.
IS DRY NEEDLING THE SAME AS ACUPUNCTURE?
Dry Needling is not acupuncture, however, there are many similarities. Dry needling is based on a modern scientific study of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems and, in contrast to most schools of acupuncture, dry needling is strictly based on Western medicine principles and research.
WHAT CAN BE TREATED BY DRY NEEDLING?
Dry Needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. When combined with traditional physical therapy and the advanced manual therapy techniques, we have had success treating most pain related problems from head to toe and from acute to chronic conditions. In addition, dry needling can be used to help athletes overcome delayed onset muscle soreness. As athletes push the envelope to become bigger and faster or to reach new goals, recovery becomes an essential phase in the process. Often times dry needling can be used to speed up this recovery time and allow the athlete to return to training or to playing as soon as possible.
IS DRY NEEDLING PAINFUL?
For most people, there is little to no discomfort with the insertion of the needle. We strive to make the treatment virtually painless, however, at times, you may experience a “twitch response” which often feels like a quick muscle cramp or ache. These sensations are normal and even desirable at times. Following this technique, muscle soreness can be felt up to 24-48 hours. The application of heat or ice and drinking plenty of fluids usually reduces the soreness.
Dry Needling is a powerful treatment technique that, when used in conjunction with our other treatments, can help you relieve your pain and improve your function quickly. Call us today to learn more about our dry needling therapy - it may provide the relief you have been looking for!