Dry needling is a technique which utilizes a small filiform needle to stimulate a myofascial trigger point, or a taut tender muscle, in order to deactivate and release the trigger point. This treatment often leads to decreased pain, increased range of motion, and improved efficiency of the treated muscle. Dry needling, which is a different procedure from acupuncture, has been shown to be a safe method for addressing trigger points.
A myofascial trigger point is characterized by a taut band of muscle that is tender with palpation. These trigger points can cause localized and referred pain, restrictions in mobility, and weakness within an affected muscle. There is decreased blood flow and oxygen saturation, as well as increased acidity and concentration of inflammatory substances, present within a trigger point compared to normal muscle tissue. It has been shown that several of these inflammatory substances decrease 5-10 minutes following dry needling treatment.
Commonly Treated Conditions Include:
The following are some of the diagnoses that demonstrate excellent clinical results when treated with Dry Needling:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Elbow pain (medial/lateral epicondylitis)
- Hand pain
- Hip pain
- Knee pain
- Heel/foot pain (plantar fasciitis)
- Myofascial pain syndrome