Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling involves the insertion of a thin filament needle to stimulate the healing process of soft tissue (muscle “trigger point”, facia, tendon and ligaments, etc.). The result of dry needling is pain relief and restoration of healthy physiology.

What is a “trigger point”?

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 the predictable patterns.

Does it hurt?

A healthy muscle feels a very little discomfort with the insertion of this needle. However, if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or have an active trigger point within it, the subject will feel a sensation like a muscle cramp (the “twitch” response).

What is the difference between Dry needling and Acupuncture?

The objective and philosophy behind the use of dry needling by a physical therapist are not based on ancient theories or tenets of traditional Chinese medicine. The performance of modern dry needling by a physiotherapist is based on Western Neuroanantomy 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.

Who can benefit from Dry Needling?

  • Acute/chronic injuries
  • Headaches
  • Neck/back pain
  • Tendinitis
  • Muscle spasms
  • “sciatica”
  • Hip/knee pain
  • Muscle strains
  • Fibromyalgia
  • “tennis/golfer’s elbow”
  • Patella femoral pain
  • Overuse injuries

Are there any side effects to dry needling?

Side effects may vary among individuals. Typically, only mild muscle soreness or skin bruising.

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