An Introduction to Dry Needling
Dry needling is an invasive procedure in which a solid filament needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. It involves insertion and repetitive manipulation of the needle in the myofascial trigger point in order to produce a local twitch response. This twitch response results in muscle relaxation due to the release of shortened bands of muscle fibers. No medication of any kind is injected.
How Dry Needling Works
The exact mechanisms of dry needling are not known, however, we do know that there are both mechanical and biochemical effects.
Based on the pioneering studies by Dr. Jay Shah and colleagues at the National Institutes of Health, we know that inserting a needle into trigger points can cause favorable biochemical changes, which assist in reducing pain. It is essential to elicit so-called local twitch responses, which are spinal cord reflexes. Getting local twitch responses with dry needling is the first step in breaking the pain cycle.
The advantage over other techniques is that we can treat parts of the muscle and deeper layers of muscles which our hands and fingers cannot reach. Also, this method is far superior in achieving a local twitch response over other manual techniques.
In addition, there are no drugs used so we can treat many trigger points during each treatment.
Deactivation of the trigger points can bring immediate relief of symptoms, then we can immediately train the muscles to work in their newly-gained pain free range of motion. Thus, results are achieved with dry needling which cannot be obtained with any other treatment.
MANUAL THERAPY SERVICES
30 Minute Intra-Muscular Manual Therapy w/Dry Needling
This service is provided for individuals who have previously received Initial Evaluation and require the specific intervention of only dry needling for the elimination of myofascial trigger points on an on-going basis. These are individuals with a record of successful response to dry needling and the desire to periodically engage that therapeutic benefit as need presents in their daily lives.