Usually, seeing a part of your body stuck with needles wouldn’t immediately make you think of a healing treatment. In the case of dry needling, also known as trigger point dry needling, a few needles help relieve chronic and acute pain. Dry needling is like pushing the “reset” button on an electronic device. We are rebooting the muscle to improve its ability to work more efficiently and reduce pain.
What is dry needling?
Dry needling is a treatment in which a monofilament needle is inserted into the skin and muscle tissue to help release a trigger point, or a tight band of muscle tissue that can cause local pain or pain that refers to other parts of the body. By inserting the needle into soft tissue/muscle, it helps to improve blood flow, relax or lengthen shortened muscles and promote healing.
Is dry needling the same as acupuncture?
Although it looks like acupuncture, dry needling treats differently. Dry needling is used to treat cases of chronic and acute pain by releasing a trigger point or tight band of muscle.
Who performs dry needling treatments?
Physical therapists and chiropractors that perform dry needling have additional training on this type of to make it a safe option.
What does dry needling treat?
At Altru, our physical therapists and chiropractors use dry needling to a variety of pains. Our specialists use dry needling to treat acute and chronic conditions, including headaches, plantar fasciitis, elbow pain, tendinitis, muscle spasm, scar tissue, sprains and muscle dysfunction.
How will I feel after dry needling treatment?
Some soreness after treatment is normal, but movement is encouraged after dry needling so you will be able to continue to participate in your daily life and activities.
“I struggled with severe pain. My therapy turned around as a result of dry needling. It wasn’t a painful experience. It really took my therapy to the next level.” – Karen S.
If you, or someone you know, would benefit from dry needling please call Altru Physical Therapy at 701.780.2300 to schedule an appointment for dry needling. Insurance does not currently cover dry needling services, so no referral is needed.