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At Cumberland Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center in Somerset, KY, our physical therapists focus on promoting healing and improved function. For athletes and active people with acute injuries, repetitive motion pain, and other movement issues, our staff offers integrative dry needling. A proven method to stimulate the body's natural healing response, read on to learn what this treatment can do for you.
Just what is dry needling?
This minimally invasive treatment method can effectively control and even eliminate inflammation and pain in the muscle and connective tissue. Myofascial pain has highly sensitive trigger points and areas of muscle that send pain signals to the brain. Dry needling interrupts these signals and increases the body's micro-circulation, oxygen flow, and nutrient delivery. As a result, dry-needling patients experience almost immediate and long-term relief from a number of discomforts, including those related to,
- Back (herniated discs)
- Hands (arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Face (headaches and jaw joint dysfunction)
- Night-time leg cramps
- Nerve pain leftover from shingles and other conditions
- Pelvic discomforts
- Whiplash neck injuries after a car accident
Each dry needling treatment is performed by the physical therapy staff right at our Somerset, KY, rehabilitation center. The therapist uses micro-fine needles, each one targeting a particular area of muscle. The needles are one-time use and cause little to no discomfort as they are inserted deep into the muscle and fascia.
Dry needling always is used in conjunction with other rehab services such as massage, physical therapy, strength training, exercises and heat/cold therapy. Pain specialists at the Cleveland Clinic say that dry needling helps people of all ages but should be avoided by pregnant women or medically-fragile patients.
Finally, side effects of dry needling are truly minimal. Patients have some site soreness, bruising, and minor redness. Others may feel tired for a day or two post-treatment. All of these tend to resolve quickly.
Give us a call
For a consultation on integrative dry needling and our other therapies and training programs, please contact Cumberland Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center in Somerset, KY, today by dialing (608) 678-5708.
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.
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.
More About Dry Needling in Somerset
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.