Dry Needling

Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a skilled technique performed by a physical therapist using filiform needles to penetrate the skin and/or underlying tissues to affect change in body structures and functions for the evaluation and management of interaction between nerves, muscles, and the skeleton conditions; pain; movement impairments; and disability.

How does it work?

Physical therapists utilize dry needling with the goal of releasing/inactivating the taut skeletal muscles and relieving pain. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of nerves, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.

What conditions are treated with this technique?

  • Neck and back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches
  • Rotator cuff injuries/tendinitis
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Foot pain
  • Muscle pulls and strains
  • Hamstring pain
  • Shin splints
  • Knee pain
  • Achilles tendon pain
  • Hip flexor strains
  • Tennis elbow

Who is a candidate for Dry Needling?

Anyone with muscle tightness could be a candidate for dry needling.

Why dry needling?

Numerous research studies have determined that dry needling is an effective treatment for releasing muscle spasm and relieving pain. It is effective for both acute and chronic conditions, and is covered by most insurance companies.

How is it different from Acupuncture?

Acupuncture uses energy flow and often the needle is inserted to indirectly affect a different tissue. With dry needling the needle is directly inserted into the muscle we are trying to affect.

Is Dry Needling done without additional therapy?

This form of therapy is rarely a stand-alone procedure and should be part of a broader physical therapy approach.

How effective is dry needling?

Typically, positive results are apparent within 2-4 treatment sessions but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms, overall health of the patient, and experience level of the practitioner.

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