Dry Needling is a specific treatment technique that uses a solid filament needle to treat muscle trigger points that are creating pain. This technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle.
Dry needling is an effective therapy to treat pain and movement impairments caused by muscular tension and/or spasm which often as associated with conditions such as muscular strains, ligament strains, nerve irritations, herniated discs and arthritis.
At Prairie Rehabilitation, our physical therapists utilizing dry needling treatment have achieved certification in dry needling through advanced clinical education.
Is Dry Needling Safe?
We go to great lengths to ensure safety. Therapists at Prairie Rehabilitation have all passed course work for certification and have an extensive understanding of anatomy. We apply OSHA standards, use personal protective high-quality equipment, and proudly hold to the highest standards of safety.
What is a Trigger Point?
A muscle trigger point is a highly localized, hyper irritable spot in a palpable, taut band of skeletal muscle fibers. These muscle trigger points, which are located throughout the human body, play a role in producing and sustaining feelings of pain and discomfort.
How does Dry Needling work?
- Stimulation of the trigger point or tissue by insertion of a needle to release knots in muscle fibers, increasing flexibility
- Increased blood flow and oxygen to the muscle tissues
- Stimulation of the pain-gate theory, creating immediate pain relief
- Stimulates natural pain relievers such as endorphins
- Improved movement sense and effects on the brain, leading to improved awareness, flexibility and joint range of motion
- Increases blood flow to the injured area which stimulates the healing process
Common Side Effects
- Soreness during or after the treatment
- Bleeding at the place where the needle was pushed in
Common Conditions Treated
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Hip pain
- Post-surgical pain
- Muscular low back pain
- Muscle pain
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Carpal tunnel
- Tension headaches and migraines
- Hamstring strains
- Calf tightness/spasms
- Scar tissue