What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling and is a technique which uses acupuncture needles and is used Physiotherapists to treat muscle dysfunction, including tightness, pain, spasm, and trigger points. The goal of this procedure is to reduce pain, improve ROM, and restore function. This is a powerful technique that can relax tight, painful muscle tissue. Dry needling is a minimally invasive treatment where a thin, monofilament needle is inserted into dysfunctional muscle tissue. Research has shown that the effects of dry needling include increased blood flow, decreased muscle tightness, and an increase in Beta-Endorphins which act as the body’s natural pain reliever. This technique is a great compliment to the typical hands-on Physiotherapy treatment we provide!
What to Expect During Treatment
As with any physical therapy visit, your physical therapist trained in dry needling will perform a comprehensive musculoskeletal evaluation. He or she will use their extensive knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics to establish a physical therapy diagnosis and develop your plan of care. During your evaluation, if the PT finds muscle problems that would respond well to dry needling, they will discuss this treatment option with you.
Dry needling has the most benefit when it is incorporated as a part of a traditional Physiotherapy plan of care and positive results are typically seen in 2-4 sessions of dry needling. This technique takes 10-15 minutes and is incorporated into your normal Physiotherapy treatment session which will also include exercise and manual therapy as prescribed by your Physiotherapist.
Conditions We Treat with Dry Needling
- Low back, neck pain, thoracic spine pain
- Shoulder, elbow and wrist pain
- Tendonitis, Tennis and Golfers elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder impingement
- Hip and leg pain, sciatica, muscle strains, calf and hamstring tightness/spasm
- Foot and ankle sprain, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis
- Chronic and overuse injuries
- Headache and tension
- Fibromyalgia…And more!