Dry needling is a specialized treatment technique offered by physical therapists to alleviate pain and discomfort caused by muscular and myofascial trigger points. It involves inserting fine, sterile needles into the skin and muscle tissue to target specific areas of tension, tightness, and inflammation.
During a dry needling session, the physical therapist will carefully assess the patient’s condition and identify the affected areas of the body. The therapist will then insert the needles into the muscles, targeting the trigger points to promote relaxation and healing. The needles used in dry needling are very thin and cause minimal discomfort.
Dry needling is a safe and effective treatment option for a wide range of conditions, including chronic pain, muscle spasms, sports injuries, and postural imbalances. It can be used in conjunction with other physical therapy treatments, such as exercise and manual therapy, to help improve mobility, flexibility, and overall physical function.