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Dry Needling

 

Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filament needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying muscles, ligaments, tendons, subcutaneous fascia, scar tissue, peripheral nerves, and neurovascular bundles for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. Dry Needling is typically performed on myofascial trigger points for the purpose of relieving pain and restoring normal muscular function.

 

Parish Physical Therapy in Scott, LA

What is Dry Needling & How Can It Improve Recovery?

dry needling

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filament needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying muscles, ligaments, tendons, subcutaneous fascia, scar tissue, peripheral nerves, and neurovascular bundles for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. Dry Needling is typically performed on myofascial trigger points for the purpose of relieving pain and restoring normal muscular function.

Benefits of Dry Needling

  • Decrease pain
  • Decrease muscular tightness
  • Eliminate myofascial trigger points
  • Improve muscle activation
  • Strengthen muscular contraction

Conditions Treated by Dry Needling

  • Headaches
  • Neck & Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Muscle Strains & Sprains
  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Rotator Cuff Dysfunction
  • …and much more!

How Does Dry Needling Work?

Dry Needling creates a localized inflammatory response causing increased circulation, and flushing of chemical irritants from the myofascial trigger point or injured site. This results in decreased muscular tension, decreased pain, and improved range of motion/functional mobility.  Eliciting a localized twitch response from the myofascial trigger point is evidence of appropriate tissue response to dry needling.

Sanitation During Dry Needling

Your health and wellness are TOP priority for us here at Parish Physical Therapy in Scott, LA.  Dry needling carries a low risk for infection due to its invasive nature; however, we take all of the necessary precautions to further minimize your risk for infection.

  • 70% Isopropanol Alcohol is used to cleanse the area of needle stick
  • Gloves worn by therapist
  • Single-use pre-sterilized disposable needles that are individually packaged.

Contraindications to Dry Needling

  • Post-Surgical Lymphedema – Distal to Site of Lymph Node Removal
  • Active Multiple Sclerosis/Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Presence of Infection
  • Active Cancer
  • Uncontrolled Diabetes

Does Dry Needling Hurt?

Everybody’s response to Dry Needling is different due to factors, such as: pre-existing medical conditions, location of treatment, depth of treatment, eliciting a localized twitch response.

What to Expect After Receiving a Dry Needling Treatment?

Pain relief, decreased muscular tension, and increased range of motion can be instant.  Due to the disruption of muscle fibers and localized inflammatory response caused by dry needling, muscle soreness is normal and may persist for 24-36 hours.

What’s the Next Step?

Following dry needling treatment, avoid heavy physical activity.  Your body will be undergoing the healing response.  Drink plenty of water to adequately hydrate, assist with flushing of chemical irritants, and improve circulation.  Light cardiovascular exercise and stretching will also help to reduce muscular soreness and restore normal muscular function following treatment.

Dry Needling should be used as one intervention in a multi-faceted physical therapy plan of care.  In conjunction with therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, modalities, neuromuscular re-education, and movement analysis, we can help EMPOWER you to live your BEST LIFE and return to the activities that you LOVE!

For additional resources on the benefits of dry needling, check out a few of the links below.

Dry Needling for Myofascial Trigger Point Pain: A Clinical Commentary

Physiologic Effects of Dry Needling

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Jessica & Chad Jimenez, PT, DPT

Owners of Parish Physical Therapy

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