What Is Dry Needling

Dry needling is a form of therapy using small, mono-filament needles inserted into muscle, tendon, ligament or fascia to stimulate a healing response in painful musculoskeletal conditions.

What does Dry Needling do?

Release trigger points (taut bands) in muscle tissue that cause pain, muscle spasm, and traveling symptoms

  • Increase blood flow and circulation/promote tissue healing

  • Reverse Chronic Pain Patterns 

  • Relieve Headaches and Muscle-related pain

HOW DOES IT DIFFER FROM ACUPUNCTURE?

What Diagnoses Can Be Treated With Dry Needling?

Dry needling is used to release trigger points within the muscles. Once the trigger point is released, the muscle can begin to return to normal length and function. The normal microtrauma caused by the needling stimulates a healing environment in the surrounding tissue. Dry needling combined with electrical stimulation has been shown to reverse centrally-mediated pain. (See, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3201653/)

 

These are some of the many diagnoses that can be treated with dry needling:

  • Neck pain and upper extremity symptoms (numbness and tingling in hands and/or arm)

  • Headaches

  • Sciatica

  • Shoulder Pain

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Low Back Pain

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Knee Pain

  • Achilles Pain

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A TYPICAL DRY NEEDLING SESSION?

After being evaluated by the physician, he will determine the location or area of the body to be dry-needled. Treatment can usually be completed in about 10 minutes and is often followed by heat or ice and /or specific exercises to re-train the affected muscles.

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