At Roots, we use trigger point dry needling and functional dry needling to help decrease pain, restore mobility and improve muscular activation. Trigger point dry needling utilizes thin needles (similar to acupuncture needles) to treat areas holding tension and tightness, decrease pain, and restore mobility. Functional dry needling utilizes electrical stimulation to "kick start" muscles that we want to activate, thus restoring function and balance to our muscular systems.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is a safe and effective treatment option to help manage musculoskeletal pain and movement dysfunction. It’s performed by specialty trained, licensed physical therapists. A thin, monofilament needle is inserted through the skin to the underlying muscle tissue to decrease tension, treat taut bands of muscle tissue (“trigger points”) and stimulate a healing response.
In some cases, your Doctor of Physical Therapy may apply intramuscular electrical stimulation to facilitate neuromuscular communication (the brain-body connection) to an area of dysfunction. It's important to note that Dry Needling is not the same as Acupuncture. These are two separate treatments provided by different providers with different training, different philosophies, techniques, and goals. Dry needling is most often used in conjunction with other therapeutic interventions, such as manual therapy and movement re-training. Reach out to learn more, or to see if Dry Needling may be helpful for you!