Dry Needling is an intervention used for releasing trigger points, relaxing tense muscles, exciting weak muscles and activating inhibited muscles to improve pain and function in patients with neuromuscular dysfunction.
Dry Needling is a procedure that is performed by a certified physical therapist to help reduce pain associated with trigger points in conjunction with strengthening, stretching, manual, and modalities. A plan of care will be established by the PT to address dysfunction associated with the patient’s current conditions.
WHAT ARE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS?
The most common side effect is soreness. Bleeding is minimal and bruising is rare but can occur due to needle insertion. Bleeding and pneumothorax are rare.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE LAST?
The amount of time can vary. It is one procedure that will be performed in conjunction with other procedures, techniques and modalities in a 45 minute to hour long appointment.
IF I DO NOT LIKE THE PROCEDURE, DO I HAVE TO TRY IT AGAIN?
No, you do not have to try it again if you have too much discomfort or do not feel it is beneficial. Please provide feedback to your physical therapist and discuss your concerns.
ARE THERE ANY CONTRAINDICATIONS?
Yes, if you have a bleeding disorder, compromised immune system, allergies to metal, unstable epilepsy, or confusion. Medical histories will be discussed with patient prior to procedure to check for other contraindications.