Dry Needling Treatments
Dry needling is used by physical therapists as one technique that can be incorporated into your plan of care, to help you reach your rehabilitation goals of reduced pain and improved function. Dry needling uses a thin needle to penetrate your skin to bias underlying muscle spindles, myofascial trigger points, and connective tissue.
The practice of dry needling in physical therapy is based on Western research and study of the nervous system and musculoskeletal system. Thus, dry needling differs from acupuncture and its Chinese philosophies of using meridians, qi, and acupuncture points. Preliminary research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to the muscles. This can help speed up the patient’s recovery and towards active rehabilitation.