What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscles, and connective tissues for treatment of musculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. (APTA 2012)
Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.
Is Dry Needling different from Acupuncture?
Yes. The similarity of acupuncture and dry needling essentially begins and ends at the needle used. The marked differences lie in the evaluative tools used by the practitioner, the assessment, application, and overall goal intended. Where as acupuncture uses “meridians” to achieve its goals, dry needling uses trigger points–sore points within the muscle–to guide treatment.
What should I expect during a dry needling treatment?
After the therapist determines the location of trigger points, treatment will begin with insertion of the sterile stainless steel needle into the muscles of the trigger point. It is common for a local twitch response to happen within the muscle, and at times some mild discomfort that typically subsides quickly. Immediate outcomes can vary from person to person. However, it is common that the patient experiences rapid symptom relief and increase in functional mobility. In some cases, increased soreness to the treatment region may occur which usually subsides within 24hrs.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BENEFIT FROM DRY NEEDLING?
- Cervical pain
- Shoulder pain
- Strains/sprains of ankle, low back, and neck
- Tennis and Golfer’s elbow
- Chronic lumbar pain
- ITB syndrome
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