Dry needling therapy is a skilled intervention performed by a physical therapist that uses a thin filaform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying neural, muscular, and connective tissues for the evaluation and management of neuromuscular pain and movement impairments (as defined by APTA).
The practice of acupuncture by acupuncturists and the performance of dry needling by physical therapists differ in terms of historical, philosophical, indicative, and practical context. The performance of modern dry needling by physical therapist is based on western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. Physical therapists that perform dry needling do not use traditional acupuncture theories or acupuncture terminology.
Dry needling can be used to treat neck and back pain, headaches, frozen shoulder, shoulder pain, rotator cuff tendinitis, tennis elbow, muscle spasms, hip pain, knee pain, repetitive stress injuries and more.
Because of the versatility of this treatment, dry needling can be utilized for injury prevention and to optimize performance.
During treatment you may feel achiness when the needles are inserted, however, most patients do not feel anything. The needles are usually not kept in for a long period of time. The benefits of dry needling continue for 48 to 72 hours after treatment. Your muscles may feel tired and/or sore. This is normal and will improve within a few days. Remember to stay hydrated during this time.
For more information check out this article on Dry Needling Therapy and watch the video below.
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