To Needle or Not to Needle

What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling uses an acupuncture needle that is inserted into a muscle to help break up a muscular knot. Commonly a “twitch” response is noted from the muscle which helps relax the muscle and decrease the tension.  This “twitch” response has also shown to increase circulation and decrease inflammation within the muscle itself.

Does Dry Needling hurt?

Typically, many people report a dull achiness when the needle is in the muscle belly. Most patients describe it as more uncomfortable than painful. The treatment itself only is performed for seconds and does not take long, depending on how many muscles are involved.

Can anyone have Dry Needling done? 

There are a few things that limit people from having Dry Needling done to include if you’re on blood thinners, lymphedema (swelling) in the limb to be needled, status post joint replacement or surgery after 6 months, needle phobia or a medical emergency and allergies to metals or latex.

It’s important to keep in mind dry needling is just one aspect of therapy that can help decrease pain and is usually used in conjunction with other stretches, exercises, soft tissue massage and modalities.

For further questions or to schedule an appointment, contact the Rehabilitation Department at 507-831-0634.

Blog Written By: Laridee Herding, Physical Therapist

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