What is Dry Needling?
A skilled intervention that uses a thin, filiform needle to penetrate the skin and remedy trigger points, muscles and connective tissue. This will decrease pain output to improve quality of movement through the connection between the muscle and brain.
Is it safe?
At Sports Physical Therapists, we take great pride in ensuring the cleanliness of the facility and administration of services to ensure a safe, comfortable and progressive environment. We adhere to OSHA and HIPPA standards, use personal protective equipment, high standards of safety and compliance. The technique itself has been proven through research to be very safe to administer.
Dry Needling is not acupuncture!
Dry Needling is from Western Medicine and backed by studied and tested practices that restore muscular function. Acupuncture is based on Eastern Medicine for holistic treatment on normalizing energy (Chi) balance in the body to cure ailments. The premise for Dry Needling is to target muscle tissue; where acupuncture focuses on staying in the skin to realign the body’s energy. Dry Needling practicing therapists have not only passed their initial examination boards but have passed additional specialized training to perform the Dry Needling technique. Although acupuncturists use the same needles and the techniques appear to be similar; acupuncture is based off of Traditional Chinese Medicine, whereas dry needling is based off of anatomy and physiology.
How does it work?
Dry Needling uses a thin monofilament (not hollow) needle to release myofascial and connective tissue. The needle itself releases tissue through a local twitch response (LTR). This LTR reduces hyperactive muscles, decreases muscle acidity, increases blood flow, releases neurotransmitters and other hormones to mediate inflammation and decrease pain.
What should I do after?
After needling you can be sore, however movement and activity is promoted. As a patient, you are encouraged to perform your daily activities but to not over exert yourself. Also fluid replenishment throughout the remainder of the day is beneficial after treatment.
What is Dry Needling?