Dry Needling

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What is dry needling?

Dry needling is the treatment of Trigger Points for Myofascial Pain Syndrome. Dry needling is an invasive procedure in which a filiform needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a Myofascial Trigger Point. A Myofascial Trigger Point consists of multiple contraction knots, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle.

Dry needling is also sometimes called intramuscular stimulation. The points are areas of knotted or hard muscle. The needle helps release the knot and relieve any muscle pain or spasms. The needles will remain in the skin for a short period of time.

How may dry needling help?

  • Relax tight muscles.

  • Improve blood flow.

  • Decrease pain & release neurotransmitters.

  • Improve movement.

  • Treat chronic pain.

What are dry needling side effects?

Many patients do not experience any side effects following a dry needling session. When side effects do occur, they are most often mild. Dry needling side effects include:

  • Temporary increase in pain.

  • Bruising or bleeding.

  • Fainting.

  • Fatigue and tiredness.

  • Skin reactions.

  • Pneumothorax.