Dry Needling is a specific treatment technique used on muscle trigger points that are creating pain and discomfort. The treatment uses a thin, sterile, solid filament needle inserted into the skin to stimulate the underlying myofascial trigger points. The procedure is called Dry Needling because no liquid or medication is injected into the patient.
A muscle trigger point is a highly localized, hyper-irritable spot in a palpable, taut band of skeletal muscle fibers. Located throughout the body, trigger points have been shown to be the primary source of pain in as many as 85 percent of pain-related visits to primary care doctors.
Trigger points develop for a variety of reasons, including referred or local pain, inflammation, and tissue injury.
At Paladino Physical Therapy, Dry Needling is prescribed as part of an overall care plan.
We believe Dry Needling is a natural extension of hands-on therapy. So we don’t perform it as an isolated treatment but, rather, as part of a comprehensive plan. It’s a very specific tool that reduces pain and helps patients better tolerate their individually tailored physical therapy and exercise plans.