Dry needling is a treatment technique that is aimed at curing and reducing
the severity of various neuromuscular disorders. It is performed by trained
physical therapists and is based on the study and understanding of the neuroanatomy as well
as musculoskeletal functioning. Also referred to as the Intramuscular
Stimulation (IMS), the procedure may involve the use of either solid filiform
needles or hollow-core hypodermic needles. The fact that these needles
are used without any medicines or injections gives it the name Dry Needling.
Dry Needling: The Process
The needles are used to prick the skin above the myofascial trigger points
that are believed to be the source of pain. If the needle prick results
in a local twitch response (LTR) which refers to the involuntary spinal
reflex action, it means that the therapist has identified the right trigger
point. The twitching helps in deactivating the trigger point in the muscles
and thus providing relief to the patient. The insertion of the needle
also reduces muscle contraction as it cuts or pierces through numerous
fibrous tissues of the stretched muscles. The needle piercing activates
the immune system and stimulates it to send signals throughout the body.
The therapist inserts the needle for a few seconds and then removes it.
The process is repeated a couple of times until the LTR ceases. The therapist
presses the point of insertion once the needle is removed to prevent soreness
Listed below are a few benefits of dry needling:
- It is very effective in restoring the normal functioning of the affected muscles
- It can be used to treat a variety of physical ailments such as Tennis Elbow,
Fibromyalgia, Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, muscle spasms or strains,
back pain etc.
- The therapy helps to eliminate biochemical dysfunctions
- The patient is better adapted at managing pain and other discomforting symptoms
- When used with other forms of physical therapy techniques, dry needling
can significantly accelerate the rehabilitation process
- Range of motion can be greatly improved
- Dry needling not only helps in gaining therapeutic effects but also helps
in locating the taut muscles (sore points) as well as diagnosing the underlying
cause of the condition
- The needle insertion relaxes the muscles in the body
- Dry needling is a safe therapy as it involves fine and ‘one-time
use’ sterile needles
- Patients who undergo this therapy feel more energized, are psychologically
relaxed and experience holistic well-being. This therapy also improves
appetite and the sleeping habits of the patients
- It improves blood flow to the muscles and prevents buildup of scar tissue
The physical therapists at
OrthoTexas specialize in performing dry needling therapy to provide relief from pain.
To schedule an appointment with the
rehab specialists in Carrollton, TX, you can call at
(972) 492 – 1334.