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Dry Needling: How it relieves pain

Physiotherapist giving back therapy to a patient at the clinic. Dry needling treatment to relieve muscle pain.

Dry needling involves physical therapists inserting thin acupuncture needles into specific trigger points in the body to stimulate muscles and relieve pain, tightness, and tension. Physical therapists often use dry needling alongside other physical therapy techniques because it is safe and effective in managing conditions like chronic pain, headaches, and musculoskeletal injuries. Mountain Land Physical Therapy’s licensed physical therapists perform dry needling using sterile and disposable needles, which can provide rapid relief and improved function, making it a valuable tool in the physical therapy treatment arsenal.

Dry needling is not recommended for everyone, and it’s essential to consult a licensed physical therapist to determine if it’s appropriate for your condition. Before the procedure, your physical therapist will assess your medical history, current symptoms, and goals to develop a personalized treatment plan.

How Dry Needling Works

Dry Needling uses a thin filament, non-hypodermic needle similar to the ones used in acupuncture. Unlike acupuncture’s superficial techniques, Dry Needling targets specific trigger points deep within muscle tissue, and the location of that trigger point will determine the length of the needle used. Research has shown that the mechanical stimulus of the needled itself on the trigger point will cause biochemical changes resulting in muscle relaxation, improved muscle function, and pain relief.

Benefits of Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a great alternative to other muscle-relaxing techniques that could be more painful for some people such as deep tissue massage. Dry Needling is very specific and localized to the dysfunctional tissue whereas other techniques are more regional and may result in more tissue irritation. Dry Needling helps reset biochemical and electrical pathways within the muscle to help improve muscle performance so you can get back to doing the things you enjoy free of pain.

Mountain Land Physical Therapy is one provider that performs dry needling with licensed physical therapists. If you are experiencing pain, tightness, or tension in your muscles, dry needling may be a suitable option for you. Contact us to see if dry needling is right for you!


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