Dry needling can be used for a wide variety of musculoskeletal issues, such as shoulder, neck, heel, hip, and back pain.
Dry needling is a treatment performed by trained physical therapists certified in the procedure. A thin monofilament needle penetrates the skin and treats underlying muscular trigger points for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.
So, what is a trigger point? A trigger point is a local contracture or tight band in a muscle fiber that can disrupt function, restrict range of motion, refer pain, or cause local tenderness. When dry needling is applied to a dysfunctional muscle or trigger point, it can decrease banding or tightness, increase blood flow, and reduce local and referred pain.
Through the direct treatment of muscle tissue, the goal of dry needling is to reduce pain, inactivate trigger points, and restore function. Dry needling is rarely a standalone procedure and often combined with other modalities/interventions such as myofascial release, cupping, and movement therapy.
Your physical therapist, at Next Level Therapy, will perform a comprehensive assessment of your musculoskeletal system. Your therapist will use the results of the assessment and, combined with your goals, establish a treatment plan that will progress you toward the NEXT LEVEL!