WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING?
Dry needling is a valuable adjunct treatment often used for chronic pain and stiffness, and to deactivate myofascial trigger points. A trigger point is a contraction of a portion of muscle that feels like a know which may or may not be tender when pressed. Occasionally, trigger points may cause pain directly at the region or refer pain to other areas. Dry needling is recognized by the Board of Physical Therapy as an acceptable treatment intervention under the physical therapy scope of practice.
The purpose of the needling is to release shortened bands of muscle caused by abnormal functioning of the nervous system. No drugs are injected.
Other benefits of dry needling may include: decreased pain, decreased muscle tenderness, improved joint motion, improved muscle function and functional ability.