Dry needling is a treatment performed by skilled, trained physical therapists, certified in the procedure. A thin monofilament needle penetrates the skin and treats underlying muscular trigger points for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.
The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle. Other terms commonly used to describe dry needling, include trigger point dry needling, and intramuscular manual therapy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dry needling involves a thin filiform needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues. The needle allows a physical therapist to target tissues that are not manually palpable.
Dry needling provides relief for muscle stiffness, cramps, and spasms that may increase flexibility and range of motion.
It is used to treat sports injuries, muscle pain, and even fibromyalgia pain. The prick of each needle is not much more than a pinch and much less painful as getting a vaccination or having blood drawn.
We Can Help You
We use dry needling to help our patients get the most out of our physical therapy exercises for increased mobility and reduced discomfort in muscle tissue.