Dry Needling

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Dry needling is the insertion of needles into connective tissue (muscles, tendons, bones and trigger points) and neurovascular bundles (peri-neural and peri-vascular). It has been shown to be effective in relieving pain and disability in a variety of conditions.

Conditions Dry Needling Treats

  • Neck pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Headaches
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • TMJ disorder

Treatment Method

Dry Needling involves the insertion of dry needles (no medication) into specified regions of the body with the application of electrostimulation to the needles. The needles are most often left in the treatment site for 15-30 minutes in order to allow for effective outcomes.

How Dry Needling Works

There are different theories explaining how Dry Needling works and one is the “Gait Theory.” It proposes that the insertion of needles causes increased input into the central mechanism and thus causes the gait to pain to close. Also, in some cases a local twitch response is elicited when the needle is inserted into the connective tissue which causes a break in the pain cycle. The research has shown that dry needling is most effective when combined with traditional physical therapy in order to address primary source(s) of pain.

Duration Of Treatment

Dry Needling treatment varies from person-to-person depending on the chronicity and severity, but randomize trials suggest that one should receive treatment 1-2 times per week of 15-30-minute sessions for 8-10 visits for maximum benefits to occur. Will it hurt? The initial insertion of the needle may cause slight pain and a spreading effect, but the sensation typically goes away very quickly. In some cases, people do not feel the needle insertions at all. Once the electrostimulation is applied to the needles, then patients do become aware of the needles again. Yet, the level of stimulation is just enough to send the appropriate signals to the central nervous system.