Dry Needling is a promising new technique performed by physical therapists (where allowed by State law) for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. Also known as trigger point dry needling or intramuscular manual therapy, dry needling uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular/connective tissue. The technique is designed to relieve tightness and pain in muscles as well as improve range of motion.
Dry needling can be beneficial to a variety of musculoskeletal issues, including but not limited to: acute/chronic injuries, headaches, back/neck pain, tendinitis, muscle spasms, sciatica, hip/knee pain, muscle strains, fibromyalgia, “tennis/golf elbow” and overuse injuries. This therapeutic treatment is growing in popularity and may provide pain relief, speeding up a patient’s return to active rehabilitation.