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5 Questions to Address Therapeutic Dry Needling

  Posted: Jan 20, 2020

  Category: Dry Needling


Dry needling is not as scary as it sounds. It's a safe, effactive treatment used for for pain relief and muscle recovery. While it's been long used in Europe, it's only risen to popularliry in the US in the past 30 years, and has started to be a go-to treatment option in physical therapy.

Here are few questions to address dry needling. 

What is dry needling?
Dry needling is also called trigger point dry needling or myofascial trigger point dry needling. A practitioner (physical therapist, acupuncturist, chiropractor, medical doctor) inserts several filiform needles into your skin. The needles are fine, short, and stainless steel that don’t inject fluid into the body, hence the word “dry” needling.
 
Practitioners place the needles in “trigger points” in your muscle or tissue, which are areas of knotted or hard muscle. The needles help release the knot, increase blood flow, and relieve any muscle pain or spasms.
 
Dry needling should not be confused with acupuncture. While the two provide relief from pain, this treatment focuses on a knot or pressure point and inserts the needles at (or surrounding) the site.
 
What does dry needling help treat?
Dry needling is often used to treat the following:
  • ‚ÄčNeck & low back pain
  • Spinal problems
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Hip and gluteal pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Achilles
  • Tendonopathy
  • Muscular strain and ligament sprains
  • Jaw and mouth problems (such as temporomandibular joint disorders or TMD)
  • Whiplash
  • Post-herpetic neuralgia (pain left behind by shingles)
  • Migraine and tension-type headaches
Are there side effects to dry needling?
Minor adverse reactions have followed dry needling. These can involve bruising and slight bleeding at the site of needling. Mild soreness can occur during or after treatment.
 
Can dry needling cure muscle aches and pains?
Dry needling is typically not considered curative on its own. It’s often part of a treatment plan that may also include physical therapy, targeted exercises or activities, or massage therapy.
 
Does insurance cover dry needling?
Every insurance plan is different. Please consult with your insurance carrier to see if dry needling is covered.
 
Liberty Rehab has expert, certified practitioners in therapeutic dry needling. Contact us at 210-490-4738 to see if dry needling is a treatment option for you.