Dry Needling (also known as intramuscular manual stimulation or intramuscular needing) is a technique that has been used by physical therapists all over the world since 1980 and in the United States since 1984. The technique is chiefly used to treat myofascial trigger points. These are hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that result in pain and decreased function of the muscle unit, limiting movement and strength. A small monofilament needle is placed into the trigger point releasing the tight muscle bands associated with it, decreasing pain and improving movement and function. Dry needling can be used in conjunction with and facilitate, other physical therapy techniques such as joint mobilization, stretching, soft tissue mobilization, and muscle energy techniques.
Is this acupuncture? No. Acupuncture, while it uses the same type of needle, is an eastern medicine technique that addresses flow of energies and balance of yin and yang. Dry Needling is a Western medicine technique that specifically addresses muscle dysfunction.
- Neck Pain – Dry Needling Can Decrease Pain and Increase Motion
- Painful and Tender Muscles – Dry Needling Can Reduce Myofascial Pain Related to Trigger Points
If you are tired of pain and you have tried it all, it’s time to let dry needling help you. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Chad, give us a call today or send us an email.