Outpatient Tips: What is Dry Needling?

You may have recently heard the term “therapeutic dry needling” and now you are wondering, “Is this treatment right for me?” We are here to help!

What is dry needling?

Dry Needling uses a needle to produce a release in a particular trigger point. There’s no solution injected into the muscle, therefore the needle is called “dry”. This treatment is used to decrease pain, ease acute inflammation, and promote healing in your body. The needle creates a tiny lesion in the tissue, promoting blood flow and healing to the area.

What is the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?

Dry needling is based on physiology and Western medicine while acupuncture is based in Chinese medicine and focuses on balancing the flow of energy in the body. Dry needling is used for neuromusculoskeletal systems, affecting the tissue of the muscle that’s hurting. Tiny injuries created by the needle insertion cause a local healing response in the tissue. normal function is restored through the natural healing process.

Does it hurt?

Patients may feel more of a deep pressure or a dull ache, crampy feeling.

How long does it take?

A dry needling service can take as little as 5 to 30 minutes depending on the area and how involved the injury is.

What conditions respond well to dry needling?

  • Shin splints
  • Fibromyalgia / Chronic pain
  • Hip, Leg & Knee Pain
  • Shoulder, Elbow, & Wrist Pain
  • Headaches / Jaw Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis / Achilles Tendonitis
  • Back Pain / SI Joint Dysfunction
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Repetitive strain injuries/ Muscle spasms
  • Hamstring strains/ Sciatic/ Buttock pain

“Improvements/relief lasts longer with needling and exercise/stretching than with exercise and stretching alone. Most patients feel improvements in symptoms immediately following the session,” Stephen Leblanc, Physical Therapist at Lemoine Therapy.

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