Dry needling & Physical Therapy
What's dry needling?
Dry needling physical therapy can also be called trigger point dry needle needling, myofascial trigger points dry needle needling, or myofascial trigger-point dry needling. To treat myofascial discomfort, dry needling is performed by acupuncturists as well as some doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists (PTs). The roots of “myofascial”, which refers to muscle, and “fascia”, which refers to tissue that connects muscles, make up the word myofascial.
Trigger points are knotted areas in muscles that can lead to muscle pain. These trigger points can be extremely sensitive and painful to touch. These trigger points are often responsible for referred pain, or pain that affects another area of the body. Clinicians push thin, solid needles through the skin to trigger points. The needles are not used to inject medication, but to stimulate the tissue.
How your body moves can be affected by pain. Dry needling physical therapy is believed to change the way that the brain and muscles communicate with each other. This allows the system to return to normal movement patterns.
Patients may feel different sensations while being needled. Muscle soreness, aching, and a muscle twitch are all good signs. The needles can be placed superficially or deeply depending on the type of pain being treated and how long they have lasted. A needle that stays in the muscle for a shorter time will stay there for a few seconds while a longer period could last from 10 to 15 minutes.