WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING?
Dry Needling (DN) is a treatment technique that utilizes thin mono-filament needles to treat myofascial trigger points in muscles. Myofascial trigger points are taught bands in muscle or knots that refer pain locally and/or other areas of the body. These muscle knots contribute to pain, limit joint mobility, decrease muscle flexibility and lower muscle function. DN is an effective and efficient method of directly targeting myofascial trigger points in order to alleviate pain, reduce muscle tightness, improve joint mobility and enhance muscle function. At Peak Physiotherapy and Performance, we combine this with other treatment techniques, we help our patients get out of pain fast and back to doing what they love to do most.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN DRY NEEDLING HELP?
Dry Needling is most effective when utilized with a combination of corrective exercise, joint manipulation/mobilization, or cupping. When combined with these other treatment methods, it assists in naturally healing: headaches, tendonitis, back pain, neck pain, jaw pain, tennis elbow, rotator cuff pain, shoulder impingement, frozen shoulder, hip impingement, groin pain, knee sprains, patellofemoral pain, plantar fasciitis muscle strains, sciatica, and disc herniations. Muscle knots or trigger points in any of these regions will benefit from this procedure. P3 also uses this procedure to help alleviate muscle soreness and tightness for patients in our wellness programs.
DOES DRY NEEDLING HURT?
Dry Needling requires the use of a very thin mono-filament needle. Since the needle is so thin, most people do not feel the insertion of the needle. During the procedure, you may experience a local twitch response within the muscle. This may feel like a deep ache for a brief moment or a slight muscle twitch. The twitch is completely normal and has been researched to potentially provide an added benefit for pain relief. The sensation of DN may reproduce your symptoms locally in the muscle being treated and/or other nearby regions of the body. By reproducing your symptoms during the procedure, we are treating the myofascial trigger point contributing to your pain. In many cases, patients do not even feel the “poke” of the needle inserting the skin.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT TO FEEL AFTER TREATMENT?
Dry Needling can cause muscle soreness immediately after treatment. The soreness may vary from person to person and based on the area of the body treated. The soreness feels similar to what you would experience after a workout at the gym. Soreness may last up to 24 hours and will slowly fade throughout the day. In few cases, local bruising is possible as a side effect of the procedure. Bruising is not a concern and typically resolves within a few days. Our expert physical therapists do everything possible to minimize any and all side effects related related to DN.
WHERE CAN I FIND DRY NEEDLING NEAR ME?
Peak Physiotherapy and Performance provides dry needling for patients with all types of injuries to get pain relief fast. We use this this procedure in our wellness programs to get rid of muscle tightness and soreness. We also use dry needling for back pain relief, neck pain relief, shoulder pain relief, elbow pain relief, and knee pain relief. Keep in mind, DN is always used in combination with several other treatment techniques to maximize pain relief and get you back to doing what you love quickly. Peak Physiotherapy and Performance has 2 office locations in where we provide dry needling in Columbus Ohio. We have one location provides dry needling in Blacklick and another location provides dry needling in Canal Winchester.