What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a technique used by physical therapists to treat pain. It involves acupuncture type “dry” needles (without medication), inserted into the skin in areas of the muscle commonly called trigger points. Dry needling is not acupuncture, but a part of modern Western medicine supported by research.
Why Dry Needling?
Used as part of a larger treatment plan, dry needling is administered with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain and improve range of motion. Research supports that dry needling provides pain control, reduces muscle tension and normalizes nerve impulses.
In addition to rehabilitation after injuries or surgeries, dry needling can be used for prevention of physical injuries by reducing muscle tightness/spasms and improving patient’s range of motion.
Who can benefit from Dry Needling?
Patients with musculoskeletal problems including, but not limited to:
- Acute/chronic pain
- Neck/back pain
- Muscle spasms
- Hip/knee pain
- Muscle strains
- Tennis/Golfer’s elbow