Are you sick of that pesky muscle knot that will not go away?
Do you need to recover quickly?
Has your pain taken up too much of your life already?
Dry needling is a therapeutic technique that helps decrease pain coming from muscles and nerves. Thin, monofilament needles are inserted into affected tissues to facilitate a deeper therapeutic effect than hands alone can create. Pressing on a knot with your fingers can be effective, but dry needling allows the practitioner to eliminate it more quickly with far less pressure and long-lasting relief. Needles are inserted at the source of the problem, the tissue that hurts, and/or around the pathways of the nerves that are keeping your pain aggravated. Dry needling can be a therapy on its own or an important addition to your physical therapy plan of care. Clients usually see a difference in their symptoms within the first 3 visits.
The Hands On Difference
At Hands On, our therapists are known for looking at you as a whole person, not just a body part with an injury. The knowledge and skills you have come to expect from our therapists are emphasized in our practice of dry needling. Several different types of dry needling exist, including segmental and trigger point. Segmental dry needling involves inserting needles at different vertebral levels to decrease nerve inflammation that can contribute to continued pain. Trigger point dry needling involves finding restrictions in the muscle and needling to elicit a twitch response, signaling muscle relaxation. Considering and combining these, as well as several other types of needling, allows our practitioners to relieve your symptoms at the site where you have pain and to address the cause to prevent the pain from coming back.
Our physical therapists who practice dry needling are certified through Integrative Dry Needling, which teaches aspects of all schools of thought to allow our therapists ascertain which combination will work best for the individual client. Our physical therapists have completed over 54 hours of dry needling-specific classroom education, as well as passing several case studies, intensive exams, and practicals after already obtaining their physical therapy licensure. We use current best evidence, as well as your unique presentation and goals, to determine the best plan for you.
Is Dry Needling Right For You?
Dry needling can help with numerous conditions, including:
- Muscle and joint tightness
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
Increasing blood flow and decreasing inflammation in the tissues and around your nerves allows new healing in areas that may have been causing you pain for years. Dry needling may be the addition that takes your physical therapy treatment to the level you need for lasting relief.