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Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a treatment carried out by licensed physical therapists who carry additional certifications for this specific procedure. In dry needling therapy sessions, a thin needle is used to penetrate the skin and treat underlying muscular trigger points. Doing this helps the patients in managing their impaired movements and other neuromusculoskeletal pain.

Though dry needling might sound frightening, it is a very effective technique that is been proven to be safe and is very minimally discomforting.

Dry needling differs from acupuncture, being performed by different specialists with extended learning and certifications. Acupuncture is based on Eastern medicine, while dry needling is rooted in Western medicine and research conducted on the evaluation of the patterns of pain and the overall movement and function of the body.

What is dry needling used for?

Dry needling can be used in several different instances of pain, including:

  • various musculoskeletal pain

  • shoulder pain

  • neck pain

  • heel pain

  • hip and back pain

The goal of dry needling is to reduce pain and inactivate those painful trigger points while restoring overall function, and it does this by treating the muscle tissue. Dry needling is often incorporated into other physical therapy treatment plans and is rarely used as the sole treatment for a patient.

What is a trigger point?

Trigger points are localized areas of the body in which muscles contract and cause disrupted function or restricted motion, often leading to localized pain and tenderness. Using dry needling treatment on these localized areas of dysfunction can increase blood flow and decrease the overall tightness and pain patients experience.

How do I get dry needling treatment?

Schedule an appointment with Advance Therapy Aquatic to get an overall treatment plan set up, and ask your physical therapist if dry needling treatment could aid your healing and performance. Call us to schedule an appointment today! 

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