What is Dry Needling Therapy?
Dry Needling Therapy may be a phrase you have never heard before. It is a highly effective procedure that relieves pain instantly for patients suffering from a sports injury or other chronic pain. Dry needling is a treatment that involves identifying the cause of the pain and inserting a small filament needle into the related muscles, prompting a slight twitch response and then relaxing the muscle. In some cases, dry needling has stimulated the nerve fibers for as long as 72 hours after inserting the needle.
The expertise of the physical therapist performing the Dry Needling Therapy can also add to the difference of discomfort and outcome. Some patients may feel discomfort in the insertion area while some patients feel similar symptoms to the pain they are currently experiencing. Patients soon learn to recognize this feeling, as it results in disengaging the trigger point, relieving any pain and returning normal function to the muscle. Patients usually see positive results with 2-4 treatment sessions. The therapy results do vary, however; due to the general health, physical age of the patient and the experience of the PT.
The most common regions that Dry Needling can treat are:
- Cervical spine for headaches and neck pain
- Gluts and piriformis
- Lumbar muscles and quads
- Medial-Lateral Epicondyles
- Plata fascia
- Shoulder area
- Achilles tendon
- Groin strains – Hip abductors
After the Dry Needling Therapy, an assessment should be completed. Once assessed, the patient should be taught the proper home practices to help with recovery. Physical therapy, stretching, heat application, and gentle pressure should be done to assist in the road to recovery.
Dry Needling is occasionally used alone and should be part of a total physical therapy approach. The physical therapists at Norfolk Physical Therapy have the knowledge and skills to perform dry needling therapy in a safe and comfortable environment.
Dry Needling is an effective treatment for chronic and acute pain. With minimal side effects, this technique is the best choice for discovering and eliminating neuromuscular problems that lead to pain. Call us at (402) 371-9707 to schedule your next appointment or visit our Dry Needling page today!
Posted on: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Last modified on: Tuesday, December 5, 2017