Dry Needling: What Is It and How Does It Work?

Decrease Muscle Pain with Dry Needling

Dry needling is a physical therapy technique that improves range of motion and decreases muscle pain. It is not acupuncture; it is a modern Western medicine technique. Dry needling is the use of a fine needle to stimulate underlying trigger points, muscular, and connective tissue to stimulate healing. Dry needling can help with:

  • Muscle pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches
  • TMJ Disorder
  • Shoulder Impingement/Tendinitis
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Low Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Patellofemoral Pain
  • Patellar Tendinitis
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Trigger Points

Dry needling is typically used to treat trigger points. Disuse, or repetitive postures with a muscle in a shortened or lengthened position can cause trigger points. Trigger points may also develop due to arthritis. As trigger points develop they can be a very significant source of pain and loss of function. Studies have shown that when stimulated with a dry needle these trigger points will create a twitch response and release the sustained contraction. This results in increased mobility and decreased pain.

Dry needling, especially in conjunction with exercise, can be an effective treatment of pain, loss of mobility, and improvement of function and performance.

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