Why Consider Dry Needling
What Is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use to treat myofascial pain. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points.
How Does Dry Needling Help?
Physical therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. This can help speed up the patient’s return to active rehabilitation. Research has shown the Dry Needling: • Improves Pain Control • Reduces muscle tension • Normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates (the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles)
Who Can Benefit From Dry Needling?
Those Suffering From: • Acute/Chronic injuries • Headaches • Neck/Back pain • Tendinitis • Muscle Spasms • “Sciatica” • Hip/Knee pain • Muscle strains • Fibromyalgia • “Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow”
Running and Dry Needling
Dry needling increases the effectiveness of running-specific weight bearing exercise and manual therapy techniques by reducing chronic compensatory movement patterns resulting from stiffness, tightness, and pain