Dry needling, also called trigger point dry needling, is a technique used by physical therapists and other treatment professionals to relieve pain and other symptoms. While similar to the practice of acupuncture in some respects, there are many key differences between these forms of therapy. One of the biggest differences is the dry needling is performed by trained and certified physical therapists as part of a comprehensive treatment program.
Are you curious about what dry needling is and who could benefit from it? Then keep reading to learn more.
What Conditions Does Dry Needling Help Treat?
Dry needling is usually one component of a comprehensive physical therapy plan. The technique uses thin needles that are carefully inserted into muscular trigger points — tight, contracted bands of tissue that can cause pain and impaired mobility. By breaking up painful bundles of muscle tissue, dry needling can relax tense muscles, reduce pain, and increase blood flow to the area.
Therapists may recommend dry needling to help patients who have been diagnosed with the following conditions:
Failed back surgery syndrome
Migraines and tension headaches
What to Expect During a Session
During a dry needling session, your therapist will carefully insert thin needles into painful trigger points throughout the body. The treatment is not painful, although you may experience some muscle soreness the next day. Sessions usually last about 30 minutes.
Dry needling is only performed by experienced therapists who have been certified for the technique. It’s a safe therapy that has proven effective for treating many types of pain.
Dry needling is covered by some insurance providers, but not all of them. If you have specific questions about dry needling treatment and your insurance coverage, we encourage you to call BEST Surgery & Therapies to speak with a knowledgeable care coordinator. We’re happy to walk you through the cost breakdown and answer any questions you may have!
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