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Dry Needling Therapy

A Modern Take on Acupuncture

Dealing with muscular pain every day can be miserable. It causes you to miss out on what life has to offer. Pain can make it difficult to do things like picking up your kids, exercise, or sleep. If you have been suffering from chronic muscular pain without any relief, dry needling may be right for you.

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What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is also known as intramuscular stimulation (IMS) and trigger point dry needling (TDN). It is a safe, effective, and efficient treatment used to:

It involves the insertion and repetitive manipulation of a “dry” solid filament needle in a trigger point to produce an involuntary spinal cord reflex, also known as a local twitch response (LTR). This process results in long-lasting muscle relaxation due to the release of tight muscles or activation of weak muscles.

Deactivation of these trigger points can bring you immediate relief from your painful symptoms. The therapist can immediately begin working to retrain the muscles to work with the newly gained pain-free range of motion.

dry needle in patients arm

Dry Needling Vs. Acupuncture

Dry needling is like acupuncture in the sense that a dry solid filament needle is inserted and manipulated under the skin to release endorphins and serum cortisol for pain relief. The needle used closely resembles an acupuncture needle. The main difference is that dry needling is based on western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.

Does Dry Needling Hurt?

Dry needling itself does not hurt. The needles are very thin, and you do not typically feel much when they are put in place. However, you may experience some soreness from the muscle’s twitch response. You may also feel sore for a few days after the treatment as if you had worked out recently.1

What Does Dry Needling Therapy Treat?

Dry Needling has successfully been used to treat a variety of conditions including:

Effective pain relief with dry needling at Comprehensive Physical Therapy

Our physical therapists at CPT are trained in all types of physical therapy treatments. We can develop a comprehensive treatment plan that will reduce pain and get you up and moving again.

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References: 1. https://healthtalk.unchealthcare.org/
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