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What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a treatment that involves a very small, thin needle being quickly tapped through the skin. Dry needling stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points (muscular and connective tissues) in order to relieve pain and improve movement. Dry needling works by disrupting the contracted myofascial tissue and increasing blood flow to the treated area. Dry needling is a safe and effective treatment option for patients who are not afraid of needles.
How is Dry Needling different from Acupuncture?
Acupuncture focuses on unblocking the flow of energy meridians to create balance within the body. Acupuncture points are chosen based upon their path along the meridians throughout the body. Dry needling focuses on stimulating a specific trigger point that is leading to pain and disability. The only similarity is the use of a thin filiform needle.
What are the benefits of Dry Needling?
The main benefits of dry needling include reduction in pain, improvement in motion, and assistance in a quicker recovery.
Is Dry Needling painful?
Generally, the needle insertion is not felt. If needle insertion is felt, the feeling is a small, quick prick. While a muscle is being treated a very brief cramp or local twitch response may be felt.
What are the side effects of a Dry Needling treatment?
It is typical to experience soreness in the area treated for 1-2 days. The soreness is quite tolerable for most and is easily alleviated with cold/heat and stretching.
What conditions can Dry Needling treat?
Dry needling can help with the following conditions: Back pain, Carpal tunnel Syndrome, Fascia and other connective tissue dysfunctions, Frozen shoulder, Iliotibial band syndrome, Joint pain, Muscle spasms / Trigger points, Neck pain, Patellofemoral dysfunction, Plantar fasciitis , Repetitive stress injuries, Rotator cuff impingement, Sacroiliac joint dysfunction, Sciatica, Sprains / Strains, Tendonitis, Tension headaches
Sources: APTA.org, ACAtoday.org, draxe.com/dry-needling