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Trigger Point Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

Physical therapists use dry needling to treat knots in muscles that lead to pain and stiffness. When used as part of a physical therapy plan, it improves pain control and reduces muscle tension.

The treatment involves a very thin needle being pushed through the skin to stimulate a trigger point. Once in the muscle, the tightness in the muscle releases, which can feel like a twitch or mild cramping.

Dry Neeling on a Calf Muscle

Dry Needling Effectively Treats:

  • Acute or chronic pain

  • Rehabilitation from injury

  • Muscle spasms

  • Tendinitis

  • Chronic low back and neck pain

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Sciatica

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Carpal tunnel

What's the Difference Between Acupuncture and Dry Needling?

Acupuncture is an Eastern medicinal practice that aims to improve Qi, the flow of energy in the body. Dry needling is rooted in Western medicine and addresses musculoskeletal diagnoses.

  • Dry needling is a more individualized treatment

  • Dry needling is part of a larger physical therapy treatment plan

  • Dry needling improves pain and mobility in fewer sessions than acupuncture

Ask a Physical Therapist if Dry Needling is Right For You

Contact Performance Physical Therapy at 401.726.7100 to schedule a free 15-minute evaluation with a physical therapist and discuss your options for dry needling.


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