What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling involves inserting a thin, small gauge monofilament needle into muscles, tendons, ligaments and/or around nerves in order to release shortened bands of muscles and decrease trigger point activity. This can help resolve pain and muscle tension and can promote healing. Dry needling is NOT acupuncture or Oriental Medicine; that is, it does not have the purpose of altering the flow of energy (“Qi”) along traditional Chinese meridians for the treatment of diseases. In fact, dry needling is a modern, science-based intervention for the treatment of pain and dysfunction in musculoskeletal conditions such as, but not limited to: neck pain, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, knee pain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, or low back pain.
Is Dry Needling Painful?
You may or may not feel the insertion of the needle. The specific needle manipulation is intended to produce a local twitch response that can elicit a very brief (less than a second) painful response. Some describe this as a deep ache or cramping sensation or mild tingling. Again, the therapeutic response occurs with the elicitation of the local twitch response and is a desirable reaction.
Who Can Benefit From Dry Needling?
Many people, old and young, can benefit from Dry Needling. The dry needling technique is effective in treating a variety of problems including, but not limited to: Neck Pain, Back Pain, Shoulder Pain, Elbow Pain, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Groin Strains, Muscle Strains, Headaches, Tendinitis, Plantar Fasciitis, Muscle spasms, Whiplash, and Sports Injuries.