Dry needling is a technique to treat the neuromuscular system based on pain patterns, limited mobility, weakness, muscular imbalance, orthopaedic signs, symptoms and functional limitations. The therapists of Carolina Physical Therapy Specialists, Inc. have completed the additional, extensive course study and have met all requirements by the state of NC to practice the advanced skill of Dry Needling to reduce pain, improve mobility and restore function.
WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING?
Dry needling involves placing small solid filament needles into the musculoskeletal structures and in many cases a trigger point in order to produce a local twitch response (LTR). The needles are very thin and are rarely felt entering the skin. When a person experiences a LTR, they will often feel a cramping sensation or discomfort in the referral pattern of the muscle lasting a few seconds. There is often an invigorating response to this treatment and most patients experience immediate results (decrease pain, increased motion).
The advantage over other techniques is that we can treat parts of the musculoskeletal complex and deeper layers of muscles which our hands and fingers cannot reach. This method also appears to produce quicker results or at least help patients “get over the hump” when they are having difficulty progressing with traditional care.
In addition, there are no drugs used thus stimulating the body’s natural mechanism to heal (increased blood flow, neural reset, etc.)
Deactivation of the tender points can bring immediate relief of symptoms enabling the clinician to mobilize the joint and prescribe the right corrective movements so the patient can improve strength and function more quickly.
We have been fortunate to receive extensive training in this area and are one of few clinics across the United States who have been taught by multiple experts in this field. We have successfully integrating these methods for pain relief, improved mobility, functional activities and sports performance. Our combination of traditional therapy, advanced manual techniques and Dry Needling is why we are able to achieve such a staggering success rate. As physical therapists, we are the lead profession that can effectively integrate Dry Needling to meaningful functional improvement.