What Is Dry Needling?
Trigger point dry needling involves the insertion of a tiny, monofilament needle into a muscle(s) at a particular point. This specific point of interest is located by your physical therapist. When the needle is introduced shortened bands of muscle fibers can be released and effectively decrease trigger point activity in that area. This can help resolve pain and muscle tension as well promote healing.
The goal of dry needling is to achieve a local twitch response (LTR) when the needle is inserted into the trigger point. The LTR can “reset” the muscle fibers in the taut muscle band, causing the release of tension and subsequent pain.
How Is Dry Needling Different From Acupuncture?
Trigger point dry needling is a medical treatment targeting deeper, specific tissues within a muscle. It is used to evaluate and manage neuromusculoskeletal conditions, movement impairment and pain. Conversely, traditional acupuncture is often used to help diagnose and treat a variety of conditions with the goal of restoring a flow of energy within the body.
Patients with the following symptoms may benefit from dry needling:
- Muscle Strains
- Decreased range of motion
- Chronic pain
Risks Associated with dry needling:
- Muscle soreness
What is the cost of dry needling at ProForm Physical Therapy?
Trigger point dry needling is not billable to health insurance companies at this time. However, if your physical therapist believes that dry needling may be beneficial to your treatment, there will be no additional cost for this service. For more information regarding dry needling please contact us.