Dry Needling Therapy
What is Functional Dry Needling Therapy?
Functional Dry Needling is a treatment technique used to treat myofascial pain (pain associated with inflammation or irritation of muscle or fascia). A small needle is inserted into the muscle fibers, which typically contain trigger points. The trigger points consist of a band of sensitive skeletal muscle, located within a larger muscle group.
How Does Dry Needling Therapy Work?
During a Dry Needling Therapy session, there is no solution being injected into the patient. Most patients report that they do not even feel the procedure. This is especially true if the surrounding tissue is healthy. A little discomfort may be reported. If the tissue is sensitive, a muscle cramp sensation or a “twitch” may be felt. The twitch elicits a response that can help to decrease surrounding pain and restore the function of the muscle.
Effective Pain Management
Functional dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain management and sport-related injuries.
What Conditions May Benefit from Dry Needling Therapy?
Common conditions that Dry Needling is used to treat may include:
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Muscle tendonitis
- Neck and back pain
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Muscle strains
- Tennis/golfers elbow
Questions? Contact the Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation clinic at 540.316.2680.