Dry Needling, also referred to as DN, is a method to treat soft tissue dysfunction/restrictions. DN uses fine filiform needles. This technique can be used to help create stretching of the soft tissue at both the surface and deeper layers. This type of treatment can be used to treat individuals with acute and chronic pain conditions.
During the treatment, the therapist palpates for myofascial trigger points, taut bands within the muscle tissue. These myofascial trigger pointes are areas of increased tightness and can cause pain or burning sensation, which may be referred to other areas of the body. The myofascial trigger points are “targeted” for the treatment technique. The fine filiform needle is inserted into the trigger point, which in turn helps to release the tightness, “soften” the tissue hardness, and ultimately increase motion, decrease pain and increase function.
Dry Needling is used in conjunction with other Physical Therapy techniques including therapeutic exercise, manual soft tissue mobilization, or possibly other treatments based on the initial exam findings.
Examples of types of diagnoses that can benefit from DN include:
- Muscle Strains
- Shoulder or Hip Bursitis
- Chronic Pain Conditions
- Joint Stiffness