What is Dry Needling?
During dry needling, a skilled physical therapist inserts several filiform needles into your skin. Filiform needles are fine, short, needles that do not inject fluid into the body. That’s why the term “dry” is used.
Our Physical Therapist will place the needles in “trigger points” in your muscle or tissue. A trigger point is a taught band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle that can cause pain or discomfort in different parts of your body. Dry needling is also sometimes called intramuscular stimulation. The points are areas of knotted or tense tissue.
Does Dry Needling hurt?
You may or may not feel the insertion of the needle. The specific movements of the needle are intended to create a local twitch response that can elicit a short uncomfortable response. Some patients describe the sensation as a muscle cramp or spasm.
What are the Benefits of Dry Needling?
Dry needling can provide relief for some muscular pain and tension. Easing the trigger points may improve flexibility and increase range of motion. This is why dry needling is often used to treat sports injuries, muscle pain, and acute injuries.