What Is Dry Needling?

calendar TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019

If you have heard of it, you might be wondering, “What is dry needling?” Dry needling is quickly gaining popularity among people who have chosen a therapeutic treatment to relieve muscle pain. It also helps your body to release myosfascial trigger points and be able to move like it should.

What Is Dry Needling?

The term is used to define the need for non-injection needling, or “dry”. In hypodermic needles and injection, the needles are used to inject liquid chemicals or other agents, such as saline or anesthesia, into tissues of certain parts of the body.

On the other hand, dry needling treatment is carried out with the help of a needle that has a therapeutic effect when exposed to body tissues, but without the liquid. Small needles, similar to those used in acupuncture are used in this treatment.

How does dry needling work?

It is a procedure in which fine filament needles are placed in the trigger points of muscles. These trigger points are located in various muscles in the body and respond well to this stimulation.  The muscles relieve muscle tension after releasing the needle, helping to reduce the pain and stimulate healing.

Dry needling is intended to solve problems related to body posture, body disorders, and muscle damage. In combination with the best osteopathic and therapeutic procedures, a dry needle really brings many benefits, including relief from injuries and chronic pain.

It is one treatment method that may be used among others to help speed up recovery and allow your physical therapist to treat and release muscles that other forms of therapy cannot reach.

Empower Physical Therapy employs the use of dry needling where allowed by law. To find out if this form of treatment is right for you, contact an Empower Physical Therapy location near you today.