Dry needling is an exciting new treatment which can help release muscle tension and relieve chronic pain. The physical therapists at Results Physical Therapy in Gainesville and Fairfax, Virginia, offer dry needling as part of a comprehensive rehabilitation treatment plan. Dry needling can be an effective method for treating muscle pain and improving mobility. To learn more about dry needling, call Results Physical Therapy today.
A dry needling treatment uses thin stainless-steel needles known as filiform needles to perform intramuscular stimulation. It's designed to ease pain and improve mobility by releasing muscle tension.
The treatment is known as "dry needling" because the needles involved are not syringes: During a dry needling treatment, no fluid is injected into your body. Instead, the needles relieve pain by stimulating trigger points.
Dry needling may be suggested as part of your treatment plan at Results Physical Therapy. Before a dry needling treatment can be performed, your physical therapist will obtain permission from your physician to make sure the procedure is safe for you.
During the procedure, your therapist inserts several needles into your skin in the areas where your muscles are tense. The needles help ease muscle tension, increase blood flow, and control muscle spasms. When the trigger point in the muscle is released, you will usually experience better mobility and decreased pain.
The Results Physical Therapy team uses dry needling to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal issues, including shoulder, neck, heel, hip and back pain.
Both dry needling and acupuncture involve the insertion of thin needles into certain parts of your body. But the similarities end there. The effects of the two treatments are very different.
Dry needling works to relieve pain by releasing trigger points in your muscles. Acupuncture, on the other hand, works to restore balance and energy flow throughout your body. Acupuncture is often used to treat internal ailments, like digestive problems, insomnia, and stress. Dry needling is most frequently used to treat muscle pain and muscle tension.
Dry needling is safe and effective for most patients. However, your physical therapist will reach out to your regular physician to confirm that this treatment is right for you. If your doctor recommends that you avoid dry needling, your physical therapist will help you find an alternative treatment for your muscle pain.
To learn more about how dry needling can help relieve your pain, call Results Physical Therapy today or make an appointment online.