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Dry Needling

Dry needling is an invasive procedure in which a solid filament 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.


What type of problems can be treated with dry needling?

Dry needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Muscles are thought to be a primary contributing factor to the symptoms. Such conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Neck/back/shoulder pain

  • Tennis elbow

  • Carpal tunnel

  • Golfer’s elbow

  • Tension headaches and migraines

  • Sciatica

  • Hamstrings strains

  • Calf tightness/spasms

The treatment of muscles has the greatest effect on reducing pain mechanisms in the nervous system.

What Are Dry Needling Benefits?

  • Reduces pain and stiffness

  • Improves mobility

  • Improves muscle function

What Are Dry Needling Side Effects?

Dry needling is a safe treatment for pain relief. The side effects can vary from patient to patient, but the most common side effect is temporary soreness and possible bruising.

Who Can Perform Dry Needling?

Not all physical therapists can do dry needling. A qualified therapist goes through intense training and receives the appropriate certification on this technique. David Lee, one of our physical therapists is certified in dry needling.

Dry needling is performed as part of a treatment plan including therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, functional training, and other forms of physical therapy. If you think dry needling is right for you, give FYZICAL Germantown a call today to set up your appointment.


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