What is dry needling and what can it do for me?
Dry needling, like acupuncture, is a technique used by many physical therapists to help treat many movement impairments, as well as muscle pain in certain areas of the body.
Dry needling is also commonly known as trigger point dry needling since one of the main focuses in this technique is to relieve these trigger points through careful and precise punctures. Many, if not all, individuals deal with trigger points. Trigger points can cause problems, and a constant amount of pain if not taken care of. Trigger points can hinder mobility in various parts of the body and will cause muscle tension to increase. Deactivating or releasing these trigger points will result in pain relief and improved range of motion.
The needles that take place in this technique involve a threadlike needle that can easily penetrate the skin and stimulate any trigger points and other tense muscular tissues.
Are you concerned about this technique of physical therapy? To ease your mind, there are very few minor concerns that you should be aware of, these are:
- Minor temporary pain (up to 24 hours)
- Temporary bruising
- Minor bleeding
- Irritated skin reactions
If you are prone to easily bruise or have mild skin reactions then you may still participate in dry needling, but the recovery time might be slightly longer.
Overall, dry needling is a safe technique and is performed only by our physical therapists who are trained and certified in this technique. There are few concerns and many benefits to dry needling. If you suffer from any sort of pain, caused by muscle tension, or a lack of motion due to tense myofascial connective tissues, then we can help resolve many of those symptoms through dry needling.
Are you looking for a safe and effective way to stay loose and pain-free? At Moore Physical Therapy, our Dry Needling technique offers a very consistent and safe way of diminishing these common discomforts that regularly occur in our bodies.