Dry Needling is a technique used by physical therapists for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. The technique uses a thin filament “dry needle”, without medication, inserted through the skin into areas of problematic muscle or soft tissue.
The target tissues for dry needling are typically muscular “trigger points”, fascia, tendons and ligaments. The result of dry needling is pain relief and restoration of healthy physiology.
Dry Needling can only be performed by licensed physical therapists who have completed rigorous specialized continuing education courses and passed both written and practical exams.
A "trigger point" is a hyperirritable point in a muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule, or “knot." This area becomes painful at the site and can also “radiate” in predictable patterns.
A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of this needle. However if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the subject will feel a sensation like a muscle cramp (the "twitch" response).
The objectives and philosophy behind the use of dry needling by physical therapists is not based on ancient theories or traditional Chinese medicine. The performance of modern dry needling by physical therapists is based on Western Neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.
Both Dry Needling and Acupuncture do, however, use the same tool; a solid needle filament.
Almost anyone experiencing a variety of pain problems including, but not limited to:
Side effects vary among individuals. They range from no side effects to mild muscle soreness or skin bruising.
In most cases it is a fee or cash-based service.
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