Dry needling is a popular and effective method for treating acute and chronic pain, and involves the use of a dry needle. This method of physical therapy is also suitable for injury rehab and injury prevention, and it has very few side effects. At MOSPT, we use dry needling as an adjunct to our other treatments in patients where it is deemed as an appropriate by your doctor.
What is dry needling?
Dry needling uses a solid filament needle. The doctor inserts the needle into the skin and muscle at the muscle and fascia trigger points. The needle is inserted “dry,” meaning it doesn’t contain any injectable substance. Doctors of Physical Therapy use this method to stimulate the trigger points, muscular and connective tissues underneath. If you have been experiencing pain, this is an intervention that can give you relief by addressing dysfunctions in the muscle.
How does dry needling work?
Dry needling is said to increase blood flow, decrease muscle banding, decrease spontaneous electrical activity from muscles that are in neuromuscular dysfunction and create biochemical changes in the local tissue following the activation of a twitch response.