Dry needling is a skilled technique performed by certified Physical Therapists using a thin filiform needle to target myofascial trigger points, or “knots.” The thin needle (see size comparison below) is inserted directly into the muscle belly to disrupt and release the trigger point.
What does it do?
Decrease pain, release trigger points, and return YOU to activity.
What conditions will it help?
Any conditions where trigger points are identified. This can include radiculopathies, joint dysfunction, disk pathology, tendonitis, craniomandibular dysfunction, migraines, tension-type headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, computer-related disorders, whiplash associated disorders, spinal dysfunction, and many others.
What does it feel like?
Some patients have reported a dull ache with dry needling. In most cases, the discomfort associated with dry needling is less than when we use our hands for manual therapy.
Will it benefit you?
Call us today to ask us about how dry needling can help you return to activity!
Resources: Description of Dry Needling In Clinical Practice: An Educational Resource Paper. Produced by the APTA Public Policy, Practice and Professional Affairs Unit. February 2013.