Dry Needling is the insertion of thin filament needles to stimulate the healing process through trigger points resulting in pain relief and restoration of health. Research continues to support that dry needling reduces muscle tension, improves pain control, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction, and facilitates a faster return to active rehabilitation. Dry needling works on patients that have trigger points.
Both use the same type of needle and often appear very similar. The main difference is that the objectives and philosophy behind dry needling are not based on an ancient theory or Chinese medicine. Dry needling is based on western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems.
We encourage you to call Toepperwein Physical Therapy today to set up an appointment with a licensed therapist to see if Dry Needling is an option that may help you.
A trigger point is a hyper-irritable point or localized area in the skeletal muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive nodule. These tender areas are caused by elevated states of muscle activity. These areas radiate in predictable patterns and can become painful at the site. After prolonged periods of time, a taut band can develop that will not relax on its own. The trigger points are called “active” when they cause pain without provocation, and they are called “latent” when they elicit pain when manipulated by the therapist.
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