Dry needling is an effective way to target muscle pain, treat acute and chronic pain issues, correct poor posture and alignment, and improve function and mobility. Patients often have questions about dry needling, so we’ve answered some of the most common questions here!
DRY NEEDLING FAQs:
What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is a treatment technique often used by physical therapists to eliminate trigger points within muscles and other soft tissues. This technique requires using a sterile acupuncture needle that is then gently inserted into the skin, causing an immediate “release” of the trigger point. Dry needling reduces pain and muscle tension and increases mobility. Dry Needling was first developed in the 1940’s by Janet Travell, MD, former medical advisor to the White House and JFK’s personal physician.
What Conditions do well with Dry Needling?
Dry Needling has been proven as an effective form of treatment for a variety of injuries and ailments, including muscle tension, headaches, and nerve problems. A few of the conditions most commonly treated include:
- Hamstring strain
- Plantar Fasciitis (Foot Pain)
- Shin Splints
- Achilles Tendonitis
Neck and Shoulder Pain
- Disk and Nerve Problems
- Neck Pain
- Upper Back and Shoulder
Lower Back and Hip Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Herniated or Bulging Disk
Arm and Hand Pain
- Tennis elbow
- Carpal tunnel
- Golfer’s elbow
Is the Procedure Painful?
Most patients do not feel the insertion of the needle. The twitch response, which are spinal cord reflexes, may elicit a very brief painful response often described as a cramping sensation.
How is Dry Needling Different from Acupuncture?
Dry needling is a modern Western medical modality that is not related to Traditional Chinese acupuncture. Although they have a lot of similarities they are quite different. Acupuncture focuses on restoring the balance and flow of energy in the body by putting needles in various places throughout the body and leaving them in place to do their work. With dry needling, the physical therapist inserts and removes the needle a few times focusing on one particular problem area to eliminate pain relief.
For more information on Dry Needling, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!