Dry Needling Therapy
Dry Needling is a very effective medical treatment for pain. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points.
Dry needling is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling performed by doctors of physical therapy is based on Western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculo-skeletal and nervous systems.
What is a "trigger point"? A "trigger point" is a hyper-irritable point in a muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive, palpable nodule, or “knot." This area becomes painful at the site, often radiating in predictable patterns.
Does it hurt? A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of this needle. However if the muscle is sensitive and shortened, or has active trigger points within it, the subject will feel a sensation like a muscle cramp (the "twitch" response).
Who can benefit from dry needling? Almost anyone experiencing a variety of pain problems including, but not limited to:
- Acute/chronic injuries
- Neck/back pain
- Muscle spasms
- Hip/knee pain
- Muscle strains
- Overuse injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis/golf elbow
- Shoulder and scapula problems
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Joint pain and dysfunction
- Plantar fasciitis
Are there any side effects to Dry Needling? Side effects may vary among individuals. Typically, only mild muscle soreness or skin bruising is experienced.