Dry Needling Offered At Memorial Physical Therapy

Dry Needling Offered At Memorial Physical Therapy

What is Dry Needling and how does it work?

You’ve probably heard the term “Dry Needling” or “Functional Dry Needling” recently. We want you to know that dry needling is not acupuncture. Dry Needling is a highly effective treatment that identifies the source of pain in order to reduce pain and restore function of the muscle. It brings lasting relief for a broad range of muscle and neurological conditions.  

Following injuries or other physical impairments, many patients suffer from muscle tightness and spasm. This often leads to compression and irritation of the nerves exiting the spine. When those nerves are irritated, they cause a protective spasm of all the muscles to which they are connected. This is a natural response from the body attempting to protect itself. This can lead to problems such as tendonitis, osteoarthritis, decreased mobility, chronic pain and a range of other disorders.

What a Dry Needling Appointment is Like?

To begin, a Physical Therapist with extensive training and certification in Dry Needling will assess your needs. The therapist will identify trigger points and insert a filament needle into the related muscles eliciting a twitch response and then relaxing of the muscle. The identification and stimulation of these trigger points can “reset” the muscle to “soften” the trigger point. This can alleviate both the original problem area as well as the secondary pain. Many patients experience dramatic pain relief and improved function in just a few treatments, often with lasting relief.  

A Physician referral is needed for this visit. Please contact your Physician or Memorial Physical Therapy at 402-646-4611 to learn more.