Dry Needling

Dry Needling Jean Coletti Physical Therapist

DRY NEEDLING

Dry Needling (also called Trigger Point Needling or Intramuscular Manual Therapy) is a technique allowed in North Carolina and provided by a licensed Physical Therapist. The technique uses a monofilament needle without anesthetic or injection, thus “dry,” that is inserted into a tight muscle band to relax it.

Dry Needling is used for myofascial trigger point pain. A trigger point is an area in the muscle where the muscle fibers have bound tightly together without being able to release. This “knot” or taut band can reduce the flexibility and strength of a muscle. The knot can be felt and can be quite painful when you apply pressure to it. It can also refer pain to other areas in the body. The muscle tissue in the trigger point is not getting oxygen or blood supply. It is also acidic and produces pain chemicals.

Strategically placing a thin needle into the bound down muscle tissue, or “knot,” relaxes the fibers and restores the normal chemicals around the muscle. This quickly relieves pain and restores the muscles ability to function properly.

Dry needling is not acupuncture. Acupuncture is based on Chinese medicine. Dry needling is based on Western medicine and is supported by research. Physical therapists have thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology and go through specialized training to perform this technique.

Some symptoms that may benefit from Dry Needling include:

Headache
Shoulder Stiffness
Lower Back Pain
Neck Pain
Mid Back Pain
Sciatica
Knee Pain
Hip pain
Post-Surgical Pain
Muscle Cramps
Plantar Fasciitis
TMJ
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Tennis Elbow

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Dry Needling

DRY NEEDLING

Dry Needling (also called Trigger Point Needling or Intramuscular Manual Therapy) is a technique allowed in North Carolina and provided by a licensed Physical Therapist. The technique uses a monofilament needle without anesthetic or injection, thus “dry,” that is inserted into a tight muscle band to relax it.

Dry Needling is used for myofascial trigger point pain. A trigger point is an area in the muscle where the muscle fibers have bound tightly together without being able to release. This “knot” or taut band can reduce the flexibility and strength of a muscle. The knot can be felt and can be quite painful when you apply pressure to it. It can also refer pain to other areas in the body. The muscle tissue in the trigger point is not getting oxygen or blood supply. It is also acidic and produces pain chemicals.

Strategically placing a thin needle into the bound down muscle tissue, or “knot,” relaxes the fibers and restores the normal chemicals around the muscle. This quickly relieves pain and restores the muscles ability to function properly.

Dry needling is not acupuncture. Acupuncture is based on Chinese medicine. Dry needling is based on Western medicine and is supported by research. Physical therapists have thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology and go through specialized training to perform this technique.

Some symptoms that may benefit from Dry Needling include:

Headache
Shoulder Stiffness
Lower Back Pain
Neck Pain
Mid Back Pain
Sciatica
Knee Pain
Hip pain
Post-Surgical Pain
Muscle Cramps
Plantar Fasciitis
TMJ
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Tennis Elbow

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