Control Your Pain, Reduce Muscle Tension, and Improve Movement with Dry Needling
When your muscles are tense and you’re in pain, it impacts how your whole body feels. Finding relief can help improve your daily functioning, sleep, and mood.
Dry needling, also called trigger point dry needling, is a treatment used by some physical therapists to treat certain types of muscle pain and help improve range of motion.
Dry needling is not acupuncture.
This technique uses a ‘dry’ needle, meaning one without medication or injection, which is inserted into specific areas of the muscle through the skin.
How Dry Needling Works
Dry needling is often recommended when you’ll benefit from releasing or inactivating trigger points to help relieve your pain or improve your motion.
Trigger points are bands of skeletal muscle in a larger muscle group. Sometimes these areas can be tender to the touch and cause pain in other parts of your body.
Dry needling can improve pain, range of motion, and reduce muscle tension by releasing or inactivating the trigger points.
It can help with:
- Migraines and tension-type headaches
- Joint and disk problems
- Back, neck, and shoulder pain
- Jaw and mouth problems
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Spinal problems
- And more
What to Expect from Dry Needling
Dry needling uses the thin filiform needle used in acupuncture. It can reach the underlying trigger points. The needle helps stimulate the trigger and connective and muscular tissue that otherwise couldn’t be treated manually.
During the treatment, the physical therapist will insert thin, sterile needles at the trigger points being treated. The needle length varies depending on the locations being targeted.
Most patients feel little to no pain. Typically, the experience lasts around 15 minutes. Yet, patients will continue to benefit from the treatment with ongoing pain relief that can last several weeks.
Some patients may notice mild side effects, such as detoxing, soreness, or fatigue.
It’s often used in conjunction with other therapies focusing on helping the musculoskeletal system, including chiropractic and physical therapy.
Our Licensed Physical Therapist Can Ease Your Pain and Improve Your Movement with Dry Needling
Kyle Danemayer, MPT, TDN, RMT is a licensed physical therapist with over 21 years of experience helping patients recover from injuries, surgeries, and more. Additionally, he provides certification lectures on dry needling to help educate and train other professionals in this technique.
Kyle is passionate about helping people heal and improve their quality of life. He’ll work with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan customized to address your pain and health problems.
Kyle is an expert physical therapist who uses his intuitive sense and practical knowledge to determine the correct mix of tradtional physical therapy modalities, dry needling, and energetic techniques to achieve client goals. I highly recommend him!