Thin, fusiform needles are inserted into the dysfunctional tissue, disrupting the chemical holding pattern and thus evoking a healing response. During a dry needling session, the Doctor of Physical Therapy will insert the needle into the dysfunctional tissue, often a trigger point. Dry needling is often painless, but occasionally will elicit a brief dull ache, or a "twitch response." This twitch response may feel much like a muscle cramp, and lasts only a short period as the trigger point is deactivated. Many patients experience immediate improvement in pain, range of function, and overall functional well-being.
Though often mistaken for Acupuncture/Chinese medicine, Dry Needling is a modern Western medicine approach based on a strong understanding of anatomy. Dry Needling directly targets dysfunctional tissue, while Acupuncture utilizes the dogma of meridians as related to the flow of Qi.
Patients suffering from the following conditions may benefit from Dry Needling:
Headaches, Neck/Back Pain, Tendinitis, Patella Femoral Syndrome, Sciatica, Hip/Knee Osteoarthritis, Muscle Strains, Fibromyalgia, Tennis/Golfer's Elbow, Overuse Injuries, Chronic/Acute Conditions, and more