Dry needling is a treatment technique that uses thin needles to decrease pain and restore function. This is accomplished by increasing blood circulation to an injured area to aid in restoring your body’s natural ability to heal and decreasing muscle tension by directly breaking through trigger points, which are defined as tender and tight bands of muscle.
Whenever something is entering your body and breaking through the protective barrier that is your skin, there are potential risks. However, in regards to dry needling those risks are very minimal when performed by a trained/licensed professional. The most common side effects include:
Dry needling is the most invasive treatment technique available to physical therapists and can be extremely effective in resolving pain and helping in the recovery from an injury, especially if you’ve gone through more traditional types of physical therapy without the results you were hoping for. The greatest benefits of dry needling include:
If you’re still having questions it’s always best to consult with your local physical therapist or health care provider that is familiar with the Dry needling and the specific issues you’re having. At Activade Health we work with athletes and the active population in Charlotte, NC who have suffered from an injury or are dealing with a chronic pain condition through the use of dry needling in conjunction with other physical therapy treatments to correct the problem and get our clients back to doing the sports and activities they love most!
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By Dr. Ken Corcoran, PT, DPT, SCS, CEAS