What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a treatment option performed by certified physical therapist. It is used in conjunction with broader physical therapy approaches. Trigger points are local tightness in a band of muscle that can refer pain, limit range of motion, and restrict function. Dry needling uses a thin mono-filament needle to penetrate the skin into the underlying muscle bands in order to decrease tension and reestablish neuro-musculoskeletal homeostasis.
Conditions Dry Needling Can Treat:
Tennis or Golfer Elbow
Is Dry Needling Acupuncture?
No. Dry needling is rooted in Western medicine vs. acupuncture if rooted in Eastern medicine. Acupuncture focus on on unblocking chi or energy. Dry Needling involves an evaluation of neuromuscular impairments, posture, pain patterns, functional limitations, and uses orthopedic tests.