Acupuncture – inserting thin needles into the body in specific locations – is a sound method for musculoskeletal pain relief. Dry needling, which uses similar tools and techniques to acupuncture, is currently known as an effective physical therapy modality precisely because it relies on modern knowledge of anatomy and the origins of orthopedic pain.
This form of treatment, which can also be called intramuscular manual therapy and trigger point dry needling, is safe, indicated for people with many kinds of musculoskeletal conditions, and has the potential to bring about quick and lasting relief.
The specialist physical therapists at JAG PT offer dry needling as part of our manual therapy program, and people from all walks of life, from construction workers and athletes to office workers and college students, can have their chronic muscle pain relieved by this treatment. Contact us today, schedule your appointment at one of our physical therapy clinics in New York, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania, or read further to learn more about JAG PT’s approach to dry needling.
What is a Trigger Point?
A myofascial trigger point (MTP) is a section of skeletal muscle that is more susceptible to irritation than most muscle tissue. Trigger points can correspond to raised nodules or “knots” in muscle fibers, and they are associated with increased tension, muscle twitches and contractions, and pain that may be felt locally or referred elsewhere in the body. Trigger points may be the cause of many kinds of muscle problems, and dry needling treats these issues directly at the source.
What Kinds of Needles are Used in Dry Needling?
Thin, sterile, one-use needles are the tool of choice for physical therapists who specialize in dry needling. These may be solid filiform (threadlike) needles, or hollow hypodermic needles, and are typically less than 0.03 inches in diameter. The thinness of these needles allows the PT to reach trigger points anywhere in the muscular system, precisely target these small areas of tissue, and make the treatment as comfortable as possible.
Why Choose Dry Needling?
For people with general musculoskeletal pain or dysfunction, dry needling can be a helpful addition to their overall physical therapy plan. By causing tense trigger points to release that tension, dry needling can quickly improve muscular function and reduce pain, which can also help patients better complete exercises and other rehabilitation activities. Many sports medicine specialists also recommend dry needling to athletes as an important therapy for muscle pain recovery.
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