Dry needling is a modern technique used by physical therapists to combat stubborn pain in patients. While it is commonly compared to acupuncture, the traditional Chinese technique, its goals and philosophy are quite different.
While acupuncture targets the energy flow of the body, dry needling targets “knots” or trigger points, as well as connective tissue called fascia, in a bid to reduce local inflammation, muscular pain, and chronic pain. Dry needling works because it stimulates the body into releasing natural pain-blocking and anti-inflammatory chemicals that ease tension in rigid muscles and unclenched muscle spasms.
Some quick facts about dry needling
- It is also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling
- It must only be performed by certified and experienced professionals
- It has proven successful for many people
- The dry needling process can be completed over a short period
- The number of treatments needed for dry needling to work can vary across individual cases
Our dry needling process here at Oklahoma Physical Therapy involves a consultation session where we will decide if dry needling will work for you, at the end of a comprehensive evaluation process. If you are a perfect fit for dry needling, you can expect relief from the pain as well as improved physical function.
Side-effects of dry needling
Potential side effects of dry needling are minimal, but could possibly include:
- Minor bleeding
- Temporary soreness
- Light-headedness as muscular tension and pressure is relieved (rare)
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