Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.
Though it’s not acupuncture, physical therapists place acupuncture-like needles in the center of the muscle knot or trigger point to release the contraction. Releasing the muscular trigger point will effectively reduce or eliminate muscular and connective tissue symptoms.
At Upright Athlete your dry needling Durham therapist will assess movement patterns, functional limitations and develop a plan to help you meet your specific goals.
Dry needling will effectively shorten rehabilitation time, as it allows for a neuromuscular reset in the body. Dry needling can decrease pain and symptoms, allowing the athlete to better perform corrective and functional exercises.
The desired response is a local muscular twitch. While there can be some brief discomfort and post treatment soreness associated with the twitch response, it means the trigger point has released and the muscle is now able to function properly.
At Upright Athlete Physical Therapy we have had great success using dry needling for Achille’s tendonopathy, low back pain, knee pain, rotator cuff tendonitis, hamstring strains and headaches, among others. Before performing dry needling your Upright Athlete Physical Therapist will perform an assessment in order to identify the key muscle or muscles that will benefit from dry needling.
Contact us today to schedule your dry needling appointment!