What is Dry Needling?
Painful and Tender Muscles: Dry Needling Can Reduce Myofascial Pain Related to Trigger Points Muscles
Myofascial Pain Syndrome – “Trigger Points”
What should I expect?
Each patient will receive a thorough physical therapy examination with recommendations of stretches and strengthening as needed to be performed before the needling and/or after the needling. To receive the needling, the patient is laying down and positioned to allow maximal relaxation to the involved muscles. Based on the findings of the examination, the patient will likely receive needling to multiple muscles. After the needling, the patient may receive any or all of the following: hot packs, stretching, meditation, or “active relaxation.” Needling is very effective- including intensity and immediacy.
Is Dry Needling new?
Muscle pain was first described in the literature in the late 1600s (Guillaume de Baillou, Thomas Sydenham.) Muscle pain referring to other places in the body was 1st documented by John Kellgren in 1936. Dry Needling has been common by physical therapists in many international countries for decades and has been done by PTs in the United States since 1997.
What does the research say?
Research has been supportive of dry needling for many reasons: notably faster improvement and minimal to no side effects. The Myopain Group lists this impressive amount of research- impressive by both quantity and currency. Please check out their website for up-to-date information: http://www.myopainseminars.com/resources/.
Who can benefit from Dry Needling?
This is the amazing part- dry needling can be helpful for such a huge variety of issues, that it’s impossible to list them all.
The most common conditions treated with dry needling include:
- Headaches- migraines and tension-type
- Acute muscle pain/strain
- Athletes: pain and/or weakness
- Chronic pain, fibromyalgia
- Pain, and stiffness following mastectomy, lumpectomy
- Stiff/ “frozen shoulder”
- Joint pain and stiffness
- Post-surgical pain
- Jaw/ “TMJ” pain
- Pain from highly-repetitive movement e.g. factory-type work, musicians