What is Dry Needling?
Is pain holding you back in life? Dry needling is a physical therapy intervention that involves using a thin, filament needle to stimulate underlying trigger points, connective, and muscular tissues for the management of pain and movement impairments. Dr. David Escobar at Cumberland Physical Therapy & Rehab in Somerset, KY, offers dry needling to his patients.
Overview of Dry Needling
Dry needling is an effective procedure involving needles that are the same size as those used in acupuncture. Dry needling uses a “dry” needle, one without medicine, inserted through the patient's skin into areas of the muscles. It causes favorable biochemical changes that help the body manage muscle dysfunction, as well as pain. With this procedure, the filament needle and the effects it produces within the body is the treatment.
It's Not a Stand-Alone Procedure
In most cases, dry needling is not a stand-alone procedure. It's something that physical therapists do in conjunction with manual techniques, targeted exercises, stretching, and other interventions - whatever they otherwise would do with their patients. In some cases, a Somerset physical therapist might do a few treatments of dry needling in order to make subsequent movement therapies more effective.
It Boasts Plenty of Benefits
Dry needling is often used to treat muscle spasms and tension, headaches, sports injuries, muscle pain, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), and tendonitis. Dry needling can ease pain, loosen stiff muscles, and improve blood flow and oxygen circulation within the body. In addition, dry needling may improve flexibility and increase range of motion.
Dry Needling is Not Acupuncture
Dry needling looks like acupuncture, but with some key differences. These differences show that dry needling is physical therapy, not acupuncture. Acupuncture is a form of health care developed from traditional and modern Chinese medical concepts. Dry needling was not developed from Chinese medical concepts. Additionally, dry needling does not use the same diagnostic techniques that acupuncturists use.
It's an Alternative to Invasive Surgery
Most people aren't keen to rush into surgery. Regardless of whether your condition is curable or not, it can always be improved with dry needling. If physical therapy helps to reduce your pain, surgery may not be needed. According to a recent study, many people who stuck with physical therapy for one year improved as much as those who received surgery right away.
Pain can affect your day-to-day activities and make life frustrating and miserable. Call Cumberland Physical Therapy & Rehab at 606-678-5708 today to schedule an appointment for dry needling in Somerset, KY. We will help you achieve relief with little expense or trouble.