Dry Needling

How dry needling works

Dry needling is often confused with acupuncture; however, they are very different techniques. Dry needling focuses on reducing pain and accelerating healing through a deep understanding of the relationships between our bodies and our central nervous system. Specifically, dry needling is another form of soft tissue mobilization that can help reduce inflammation, decrease muscle tension, and ultimately relieve pain.  

Dry needling uses a very thin needle to stimulate trigger points in connective tissue. The goal of dry needling is to release tension on tight muscle bands associated with trigger points that are causing pain. Trigger points can make it painful to perform everyday activities and often radiate pain to other areas of the body.  Dry needling focuses on stimulating those trigger points, which has been shown to reduce pain and speed up your recovery process.

Dry needling has been used to successfully treat:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Sciatica
  • Tendinitis
  • Headaches
  • Muscle strains
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer's elbow
  • and more

Schedule your appointment today at an Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy location near you to learn more about dry needling. 

 

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