Patients commonly ask if Dry Needling and Acupuncture are the same technique. The confusion is understandable as the same microfilament needles are used in both Dry Needling and Acupuncture, however the theoretical approach is very different.
Dry needling is based on the anatomical and neurological systems of the human body and should not to be confused with the Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques used with Acupuncture. The technique is referred to as Dry Needling because the microfilament needle itself provides the catalyst needed without injecting a liquid substance through a hypodermic needle similar to trigger point injections.
The purpose of dry needling is to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and decrease pain. As the needle is inserted into to the muscle, it provokes a localized inflammatory reaction and activates the immune system to produce a healing response. This response can result in a localized decrease in muscle pain and tightness, as well as, a systemic effect on chronic pain and inflammation.
Dry needling should be used as part of a comprehensive plan of care and not as a sole approach to treatment. When performed by a trained Physical Therapist, this treatment is safe and efficient with minimal adverse effects.
Commonly treated areas:
- Neck/Back Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Hip and Gluteal Pain
- Knee Pain
- Achilles Tendonitis/Tendonosis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Tennis/Golfers Elbow
- Muscular Strains/Ligament Sprains
- Chronic PainAdding this technique to a plan of care can further address your current symptoms and possibly speed your recovery to full function.Talk to you therapist to determine if you are a candidate for Dry Needling.