Dry needling is the use of thin needles in physical therapy to relieve muscular pain and myofascial disorders. Dry needling is used for the treatment of myofascial (muscular) pain, tendonitis, and trigger points. Dry needling targets the trigger points, which is the direct and palpable source of patient pain, rather than the traditional "meridians", accessed via acupuncture.
Dry needling helps to accelerate healing by allowing for increased circulation to the injured area, improved oxygen delivery, and stimulation of the neural pathways that can block pain messages as they travel from your central nervous system to your muscles. When combined with the appropriate strengthening or stabilization exercises and biomechanical assessment, dry needling can help to alleviate both chronic and muscular disorders.
Dry needling, when combined with physical therapy treatment, can help to alleviate the following disorders, to name just a few:
- Acute and Chronic Tendonitis
- IT Band Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Posterior Tibialis Dysfunction
- Athletic and Sports-Related Overuse Injuries
- Post-Surgical Pain
- Post-Traumatic Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, and Work Related Injuries
- Chronic Pain Conditions
- Neck and Upper Back Pain
- Headaches and Whiplashes
- Lower Back Pain
Please contact us if you'd like to learn more about how dry needling within physical therapy can help you relieve your muscular pain, whether you've had it for a week or for several years.