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Dry Needling FAQs

How dry needling from your physical therapist in Somerset, KY, can help you feel better

Dry needling is an excellent way to relieve muscle and joint pain from an accident, injury, medical condition, or other cause. It’s an important treatment tool used by physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists to relieve pain and increase range of motion.

Your physical therapist, Lori Chin, at Cumberland Physical Therapy & Rehab in Somerset, KY, offers a wide variety of physical therapy services, including dry needling to help you feel better.

When you are considering physical therapy treatment to relieve pain, it’s helpful to know the facts. These are just a few of the frequently asked questions about dry needling:

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is different from acupuncture because its basis lies in the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular treatment and not Chinese medicine. During treatment, your therapist will insert a fine needle into your skin at a trigger point, causing an inflammatory action. This action mediates pain and promotes healing.  

What conditions can be treated with dry needling? 

  • Neck and jaw pain, including whiplash and TMJ
  • Shoulder and arm pain, including tennis elbow and carpal tunnel
  • Headache pain, including migraines and tension headaches
  • Back pain and pain in the buttocks
  • Leg pain, including sciatica and strained muscles

Is dry needling painful?

Dry needling is a virtually painless procedure however, muscle twitch may occur which can resemble an electric shock sensation or aching feeling.

How soon after dry needling can I expect to feel better?

You may feel immediate pain relief and an increase in your range of motion. You may also experience slight soreness which diminishes over 1 to 2 days. Warmth and gentle massage can relieve any soreness you experience.

To learn more about dry needling and other physical therapy and rehabilitation services, call your physical therapist, Lori Chin, at Cumberland Physical Therapy & Rehab in Somerset, KY. You can reach her by calling (606) 679-2773, so call today!

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