What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a procedure during which a thin, "dry" needle (meaning it does not contain medication or injection) is inserted into the skin to break up a trigger point of pain. A trigger point is tightness in a muscle that is causing discomfort, pain, or lower mobilization.
Dry needing is performed by licensed physical therapists using sterile needles, gloves, and other protective equipment.
What is Neural Mobilization?
When is dry needling used?
How Dry Needling Affects Your Physical Therapy Results
Are dry needling and acupuncture the same thing?
Although the techniques sound similar, dry needling and acupuncture are different procedures. Acupuncture is rooted in traditional Eastern medicine, and the needles are applied in multiple areas of the body to reduce pain and rebalance your energy flow.
In contrast, dry needling is based in Western medicine, and the needles are only applied to the trigger points. Common areas for dry needling include the knee, hip, calf, neck, shoulder, forearm, and back.
Our Approach to Dry Needling
Your therapist could include dry needling as part of your physical therapy treatment plan along with manual therapy and pain-science education. Our goal is to better understand your pain and help you create a journey to recovery.
If you're interested in seeing what a personalized physical therapy treatment would look like for your, feel free to reach out! You can use the form here to reach out to a physical therapist directly.