What is Dry Needling? Common Q & A's
What is Dry Needling and What are the Benefits?
Dry needling is a highly effective treatment that uses a small filament needle to penetrate the skin to bring lasting relief for a broad range of neuromuscular dysfunction. It is a technique used to treat “trigger points” or muscular tightness and spasms by eliciting a small twitch response and then relaxing the muscle to restore body structure and function, leading to improved activity and participation.
Your therapist will work with you to help identify “trigger points” present, or other generally painful and/or dysfunctional areas in your muscles that may be contributing to your symptoms. The needle is then advanced into these locations in order to achieve a local twitch response which can help release muscle tension, diminish pain, increase flexibility of the tissue, and quiet muscular activity and spasm. Electrical stimulation may also be applied to help facilitate desired muscle activity, or to provide further relief from symptoms. This is most often followed up with individually-tailored exercises designed to further improve function. Dry needling is a safe and effective treatment for chronic pain of neuropathic origin with very few side effects.
What are the Side Effects or Risks of Dry Needling?
Our physical therapists are well-educated in Dry Needling Therapy. Some conditions and cases may not be appropriate for Dry Needling, and our physical therapists will recognize and discuss what cannot be treated by Dry Needling as well as what can.
Mild side effects are very common with dry needling, while serious side effects remain rare. The most common side effects around the inject site include:
- Temporary Soreness
Using Dry Needling Therapy to identify and relax the muscle tightness and spasms is a great way to restore body structure and function getting you back to your daily life. Many patients experience dramatic pain relief and improved function in just a few treatments, often with lasting relief. Call Norfolk Physical Therapy at (402) 371-9707 to gain relief and lose the pain today!
Posted on: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Last modified on: Thursday, October 4, 2018