Physical therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion.
Dry needling is a treatment that involves inserting a very small needle into an area of muscle tension/pain or trigger point to help that muscle relax, thereby also reducing pain and improving function.
The term dry needling refers to the fact that there is no solution being injected into the muscle and therefore the needle is “dry.&rdquo
A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch, and touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body.
Dry needling involves a thin filiform needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues. The needle allows a physical therapist to target tissues that are not manually palpable.
Dry needling can be beneficial in many conditions, including but not limited to:
Dry needling is not recommended in the following situations:
Dry needling can be included in your physical therapy treatment, or done as a private pay service. If you have further questions about dry needling treatment, please contact your nearest Sports Plus or Lift Therapy Clinic location. We look forward to serving you!
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