Dry needling is used to treat myofascial trigger points which can cause pain, stiffness and muscle weakness. A physical therapist can determine if you are a candidate for this treatment. They will review your medical history and perform a physical exam to see if the treatment will be beneficial for you. Once they have determined that you are a candidate they will take you to either a private room or a curtained off section of the room where they will perform your dry needling treatment.
During your appointment, your provider will insert the needles into the correct muscles to help relieve your symptoms. You may feel a slight muscle soreness at the location of the needle which will last for 24-48 hours. You may also notice a little bruising near the site of the treatment. Drinking plenty of water and using ice is recommended to reduce any soreness or bruising that occurs.
The relief of myofascial trigger points and other taut bands (muscle fascia) through the use of dry needling has been well documented by numerous studies. This treatment can be paired with manual soft tissue mobilization, neuromuscular reeducation and therapeutic exercise to produce a more complete recovery of symptoms.