Dry Needling is a general term for a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves advancing needle into the muscle in the area of the body which produces pain and typically contains a trigger point. There is no injectable solution and typically the needle that is used is very thin. Most patients will not even feel the needle penetrate the skin, but once it advances into the muscle, the discomfort can vary from patient to patient.
Usually a healthy muscle feels very little discomfort upon insertion of the needle; however, if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or contains active trigger points, the subject may feel a sensation much like a muscle cramp, often referred to as a ‘twitch response”.
The twitch response also has a biochemical characteristic to it which likely affects the reaction of the muscle, symptoms and response of the tissue. Along with the health of the tissue, the expertise of the practitioner can also attribute to the variation of discomfort and outcome. The patient may only feel the cramping sensation locally or they may feel a referral of pain or similar symptoms for which they are seeking treatment. A reproduction of their pain can be a helpful diagnostic indicator of the cause of the symptoms.
Patients soon learn to recognize and even welcome this sensation, as it results in deactivating the trigger point, reducing pain and restoring normal length and function of the involved muscle. Typically, positive results are apparent within 2-4 treatment sessions but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms, overall health of the patient, and experience level of the practitioner.
Resolution of Muscle Cramps
Restoration of Normal Muscle and Tissue Length
Increased Vascular Activity
Stimulates Nerve Function
Dry needling can help with accelerating healing parameters for tendon and ligament injuries, reduce acute and chronic pain, treat regions of the body that were unsuccessfully treated through various other treatments. Schedule your consultation today!
Our team of physical therapists and staff coordinate their efforts to maximize pain relief and activity restoration through the utilization of tissue mobilization, joint manipulation, and implementation of foot strengthening exercises. Our team also educates you on keeping up your progress at home, as well as informs you on when to use certain modalities when not in the clinic