Dry Needling

What is Dry needling?

We have lots of patients that inquire about dry needling and wonder if it may help them in their recovery. Our physical therapists are certified in dry needling for upper and lower extremity injuries and spinal pain.

Dry needling is a technique used by certified physical therapists for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. The technique uses a “dry” monofilament needle inserted through the skin and into targeted areas of a muscle or tendon.  The needle stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular or connective tissue.

Dry needling is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling relies on an extensive understanding of anatomy. It is typically a technique that’s part of a larger treatment plan.

Research shows that dry needling can affect pain control, reduce muscle tightness through inactivation of trigger points (knots) in the muscle, and normalizing dysfunction of the motor end plate where nerve impulses are transmitted to muscle.

Stay tuned for more information regarding ultrasound guided dry  needling and how it is used to treat tendonosis.