How Does Dry Needling Work?
Dry needling is a treatment procedure that helps target muscles causing patients pain. Your physical therapists at Cumberland Physical Therapy & Rehab are trained in this technique and offer dry needling treatments in their office in Somerset, KY. This technique has been proven to help patients of all ages and with a variety of injuries to see long-lasting relief.
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This manual therapeutic technique consists of inserting thin needles into certain muscles that are causing the patient discomfort, pain or muscle spasms. The areas that are targeted often have trigger points that are hypersensitive and responsible for the source of these symptoms. Inserting these needles causes a twitch response that contracts the muscle, temporarily offering immediate and long-term relief.
In more severe cases, dry needling can target even deeper muscle areas to provide relief. What makes this different than acupuncture is that is more comfortable for the patient and is much easier to insert these needles into deeper regions with minimal discomfort in general. It can treat both chronic and acute pain.
There are little to no side effects with this treatment procedure, making it ideal for someone looking to improve mobility or range of motion. Soreness is common after sessions. However, it should only be minor and shouldn’t affect daily activity. Improvement is felt after just one or two sessions. Some patients do experience delayed soreness or achiness, but it shouldn’t last very long. Light massage or heat can help relieve this.
Dry needling can treat arm pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnels syndrome, back and shoulder pain, migraines, jaw pain, leg pain, sciatica, hamstring sprains or other aches and pains. To schedule an appointment to discuss what dry needling can do for you, contact Cumberland Physical Therapy and Rehab in Somerset, KY, call (606) 678-5708 today.