Dry Needling has gained more popularity due to adoption by everyone from runners with injuries to the NFL for its pain relief, hastened recovery, improvements in functional movement. The question remains – What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling completely different from acupuncture. Instead of putting needles in Chi points or along meridian lines, like Eastern based medicine, physical therapists put the needles in tight muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Dry Needling can be used almost anywhere on the body including the neck and low back, shoulder, hip, knee, elbow, and TMJ. This form of therapy can be used for more than just muscle and tendon problems. It can be used to treat nerve disorders like sciatica and carpal tunnel as well as for headaches.
Disorders that dry needling is effective for include tension headaches, TMJ (temporomandibular disorders), chronic neck pain, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, knee osteoarthritis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, Achilles tendinosis, and plantar fasciitis.
Next time we will discuss how Dry Needling works. The third part in our Dry Needling series is a Q&A forum to answer all the commonly asked questions.
If you are interested in Dry Needling or would like to learn more, call today to schedule an appointment with Lee Plamann or Rachel Waring, our certified Physical Therapist Dry Needling Experts!