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At Saunders Therapy Centers, Dry Needling treatment is incorporated into a comprehensive physical therapy evaluation and treatment plan. Expect to receive a thorough musculoskeletal evaluation, and, depending upon what your therapist recommends, manual therapy, exercise, and other interventions in addition to Dry Needling.
Dry Needling is a technique that is similar to acupuncture. Acupuncture is said to manipulate the flow of energy to promote healing. In contrast, dry needling works directly on painful trigger points in muscles. Dry needling is a deeper technique than acupuncture, and it is most effective when combined with other appropriate rehabilitation techniques, like joint mobilization, myofascial therapy, and specific types of exercise.
Think of muscles like a rope... a knot affects a rope's function. It's the same with muscle. A knot in the muscle affects the muscle's ability to contract, relax, and lengthen properly, leading to muscle pain and dysfunction.
The technique involves using very thin needles - the width of a human hair - inserted in muscle trigger points (or knots) to break the pain/spasm/dysfunction cycle.
Dry needling can cause minor soreness for a day or so, but is usually not painful. Many patients feel immediate relief with treatment.
Dry Needling can be used for many conditions, including:
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Several research studies have shown promising results with dry needling. An example is this study on Disc-related Low Back Pain in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences:
Dry Needling is currently offered by Carey Meehan, PT, at our Maple Grove Clinic. She individualizes her treatment approach to your specific needs. In addition to dry needling, your treatment will likely include: