Dry Needling is a highly effective physical therapy treatment that can help many orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions. Dry Needling is an extremely effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, decreased flexibility, joint dysfunction/restriction, and recovery from exercise.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is not acupuncture, but instead uses small fine filament needles to effect change in pathological tissue, adhesions, scar tissue, or trigger points. Insertion of the needles into muscle, tendon, ligament, or joint, alters the physiology and the chemistry by causing a microlesion which stimulates the body to heal itself. From a physiology standpoint, it improves circulation, reduces any restriction that may be present, and normalizes the inflammatory response, which ultimately helps reduce pain.
How Will I Feel After the Treatment?
After dry needling is performed, many patients report an immediate improvement in pain level. According to many studies and in our experience, patients will frequently demonstrate a gain in range of motion right after needling is performed. This allows us to provide exercises to help keep this gained range of motion. It is normal to have mild soreness and bruising, but should go away within a day or two of the treatment.