Dry Needling for Muscle Pain

Dry needling for muscle pain

Could You Benefit from Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPDN)?

Do you have tension headaches? Do you have back pain or neck pain? Do you have ringing in your ears? These issues are just a few of the symptoms one may have that could be alleviated with TPDN.

Dry needling is defined as, a skilled intervention performed by a physical therapist that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairment (APTA,2012).

The American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy states that physical therapists are well trained to utilize dry needling in conjunction with manual physical therapy interventions. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor endplates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.

Frequently asked questions:

The first question a patient may ask is, “Is dry needling the same thing as acupuncture?”
The only aspect acupuncture and dry needling have in common is that they both use similar tools. The goal of acupuncture is to restore normal flow of your energy systems. The goal of dry needling is to restore function of affected areas. Patients who receive dry needling are assessed by one of our certified physical therapists who specializes in dry needling. Your physical therapist will work with you to set clear goals and establish a personalized treatment plan, which includes exercises and other treatment options.

Another commonly asked question is, “Will my insurance cover dry needling?”
It depends on the insurance company, but often dry needling as part of your physical therapy treatment would be covered or partially covered. Our team can work with you to understand how your insurance will cover it.

Everyone wants to know, “Is dry needling painful?”
Typically, patients do not feel the needle itself, however they may experience some muscle pain during and following treatment, similar to what you might feel after exercising. It can be intense, but the reward of losing the pain in the area is worth it.

Aquacare offers dry needling at several locations. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

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