Dry needling is a myofascial trigger point therapy that uses thin filament needles to alleviate muscle pain. Often referred to as intramuscular manual therapy, dry needling is sometimes confused with the ancient Chinese treatment, acupuncture. Unlike acupuncture, dry needling is based on principles of modern medicine and has been supported by various clinical research trials over the years. It’s important to note that dry needling is one facet of a larger treatment plan, as there are many therapeutic techniques needed to manage pain. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of dry needling please talk to your Synergy physical therapist.
What to Expect During Treatment
During your initial evaluation, the physical therapist will assess your condition and determine a plan of care that best suits your personalized goals. This plan of care is specifically designed for you to reach optimal outcomes.
Based on the plan of care, dry needling may be suggested as a treatment option. If utilized, the physical therapist will identify the specific points that need to be needled. The needles assist the clinician in re-organizing and loosening scar tissue/adhesions that may be effecting your condition. The needles act as an irritant when inserted and the body’s natural defenses “unwind” them to push them out.
Immediately after the procedure, patients may experience some soreness around the treated area. This should subside after a few hours or days depending on the severity of your condition. It is also common for patients to experience fatigue, mild nausea, and some bruising after their treatment. To avoid post-procedural complications and pain, you should stay hydrated, stretch and ice. If you develop mild pain symptoms, you may take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and aspirin, to alleviate your discomfort. If you would like to explore dry needling as a treatment option, please discuss this with your therapist during your appointment or free consultation.