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Physical therapists use dry needling to treat myofascial pain, which is a disorder in which pressure on sensitive points in the muscles causes pain in seemingly unrelated body parts. Myofascial pain often happens after a muscle is overused, or you have a repeated injury. While pain can also be treated with other techniques, like massage, dry needling can give longer-lasting relief.
Dry needling uses a thin needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate trigger points and muscular and connective tissues. Using the needle, a physical therapist targets tissues that they cannot treat manually. It is typically one technique that’s part of a larger treatment plan.
The technique uses a “dry” needle, one that has no medication or injection in it. The needle is inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, which are called trigger points.
A trigger point is a band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to touch. Touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body.
The goal of dry needling is to release or inactivate trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up the patient’s return to active rehabilitation.
Dry needling is typically used for these purposes:
The needles do not hurt going in because they are very fine and solid. The needles only stay in long enough to relax the muscle. The amount of needles you will need, or sessions of dry needling, depends largely on the amount of pain you have, and the number of areas you need work done on.
After treatment, you may feel slightly sore after dry needling, but within a period of a few hours to a day, you will feel less pain and tightness in the muscles, and you’ll notice an improvement in chronic injuries.
At IMPACT Physical Therapy, we want the best for all of our patients. Our therapists are fully trained In dry needling techniques for pain relief. Contact us today or get started with our new patient forms.