The latest treatment for muscle pain
What is Dry Needling?
While the name of the procedure may sound intimidating, dry needling is safe, minimally discomforting and often an effective technique for patients with certain musculoskeletal presentations. Dry needling is a treatment performed by skilled, trained physical therapists, certified in the procedure. A thin monofilament needle penetrates the skin and treats underlying muscular trigger points for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.
What is Trigger Points?
A trigger point is a local contracture or tight band in a muscle fiber that can disrupt function, restrict range of motion, refer pain or cause local tenderness. When dry needling is applied to a dysfunctional muscle or trigger point, it can decrease banding or tightness, increase blood flow, and reduce local and referred pain.
- Targeted needle placement to relieve trigger point pain.
- Muscle stimulation reduces muscle tension and help muscles relax.
- Increase of blood flow supports healthy tissue and speeds the healing process
How does dry needling works?
Dry needling uses thin needles, which are inserted in and around sore muscles or tender “trigger points,” to improve flexibility and reduce pain. Dry needling zeroes in on the source of pain whereas Acupuncture, an ancient form of Chinese medicine uses needles to re-balance the energy flow along your body’s pathways. Dry needling can only be performed by a certified health professional.
What to expect during and after treatment?
There is no special preparation required for dry needling. Wear comfortable, loose clothing that allows easy access to areas that will be treated. During your dry needling session:
- Your skin will first be cleaned.
- Thin needles are then inserted in tender “trigger points,” as well as above and below these areas. You may or may not feel the insertion of needles, however, for most people, discomfort is minimal.
- Patients may notice improvement in range of motion, ease of movement, and a decrease in uncomfortable symptoms, in as little as one to two days. More than one treatment may be needed to see improvement in pain.
- The risk of side effects is minimal as the needles are quite thin.
What conditions does it treat?
If you suffer from any of the following acute or chronic conditions or ailments, dry needling may benefit you.
- Achilles tendonitis
- Concussion headaches
- Hamstring tendonitis
- Hip pain
- Lower back pain
- Migraine headaches
- Muscular strains/ligament sprains
- Musculoskeletal pain during pregnancy and postpartum
- Neck spasm and/or whiplash
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shoulder pain/ impingement syndrome
- Tennis/golfers elbow
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Dry needling is a treatment performed by skilled, trained physical therapists, certified in the procedure. A thin monofilament needle penetrates the skin and treats underlying muscular trigger points for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments