Dry needling, also known as trigger point dry needling and intramuscular dry needling, is a modality in which small needle is used to deactivate myofascial trigger points. This is NOT the same as acupuncture.
Dry needling is used to help reduce muscle spasms and patients usually report immediate pain relief that lasts from a few hours up to a few weeks. The frequency of dry needling treatments varies by patient and injury and is always used in combination with exercise and other modalities.
After your physical therapist completes your initial evaluation, they will design a program specifically tailored to your needs. When dry needling is included in your plan of care, patients may experience some soreness for a few hours to two days and can experience bruising depending on location of your injury.
Conditions that benefit from dry needling include:
- Low back and neck pain, including radiculopathy
- Shoulder and arm pain, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, impingement
- Hip and leg pain, sciatica, muscle strain, calf-tightness/spasm
- Foot and ankle sprain, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis
- Headache, face and jaw pain
- Fibromyalgia...And more!
Treatment modalities vary by location. Find a local Rehab Associates center to see if dry needling services are offered near you!