Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the muscle in the area of the body which produces pain and typically contains a trigger point.

There is no injectable solution and typically the needle is very thin. If the muscle is sensitive and shortened or contains active trigger points, the subject may feel a sensation like a muscle cramp, which therapists refer to as a “twitch response.”

This twitch response also has a biochemical characteristic to it which likely affects the reaction of the muscle, symptoms and response of the tissue. Sometime the patient only feels the contracting sensation locally or they may feel a referral of pain or similar symptoms for which they are seeking treatment.

A reproduction of their pain can be a helpful diagnostic indicator of the cause of the symptoms. Patients can learn to recognize and even welcome this sensation since it results in deactivating a trigger point, reducing pain and restoring normal length and function of the involved muscle.

Dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even pain and injury prevention, with very few side effects. 

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