What is Dry Needling therapy?
Dry needling is a skilled intervention performed by a physical therapist that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. (APTA, 2012).
Who is a good candidate for Dry Needling therapy?
Dry Needling would be beneficial for patients who experiance painful or tight muscles; that in turn, create additional pain in other related areas. Areas include: posterior hip, anterior hip and thigh lumbar spine, cervical spine, shoulder, adductors, hamstrings, and upper extremity areas including the brachium and antebrachium.
What should I expect during a session?
Your physical therapist will position you comfort- ably for the optimal angle. They will then assess where your trigger point is located. Your skin and area around the trigger point will be cleaned with an alcohol swab. At that point, your therapist will open a needle and insert it into your muscle where the trigger point is located. Your therapist will then stimulate your trigger-point by moving the needle up and down. You will feel slight discomfort while the trigger point is being stimulated. Once it releases, you should feel relief. Sessions last 6-8 minutes depending on the body part.
What should I expect after a session?
You can expect some soreness in the treated area for 24-36 hours after your session, at which point you will start to feel the benefits of Dry Needling.