Dry needling (DN) is a skilled intervention used by physical therapists that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. Trigger points can be tender to the touch and can refer pain to distant parts of the body. Physical therapists utilize dry needling with the goal of releasing/inactivating the trigger points and relieving pain. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor endplates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.
Patients that have struggled getting results with typical treatment methods may benefit from Dry Needling Treatments.
What you can expect and commonly asked questions:
- Is Dry Needling painful?– Pain is not common, the needle filaments are so small it many people barely feel the need when being administered. Occasionally the treatment will cause a dull ache in the area that is affected, this is normal during treatment.
- How long are the treatments? – Treatments are about 20 minutes in length and typically are performed 2 times a week.
- When should I expect results? – Many people see improvements in one to two treatments, but results may vary. Your treating therapist will evaluate the efficacy of your treatment.
- Are there any restrictions during treatment? – Typically there are no restrictions, unless prescribed by your medical provider.
What conditions does Dry Needling treat?
- Acute and chronic tendonitis
- Athletic and sports-related overuse injuries
- Post-surgical pain
- Post-traumatic injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and work related injuries
- Chronic pain conditions
- Headaches and whiplash
- Lower back pain