Though the name may sound daunting, dry needling is a skilled intervention offered at Aquafit Physical Therapy. This form of therapy utilizes a thin needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular and connective tissues to manage neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. This treatment is accomplished with a solid, conically tipped filament needle instead of a cutting-edge hypodermic needle. Dry needling is a technique used to manage and treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissue while diminishing nociceptive input. This will, in turn, restore or reduce impairments of the body structure and function, leading to improved activity and participation.
Dry needling treatments produce similar effects as an injection of local anesthetic in terms of inactivation of trigger points. Needling myofascial trigger points can deform the muscle fiber or destroy dysfunctional motor endplates. The local twitch response is a critical sign that must be obtained to ensure the myofascial trigger point penetration. Dry needling offered at Aquafit Physical Therapy can provide much-needed relief for muscular pain and stiffness, and easing trigger points can increase range of motion and improve flexibility. Dry needling is a method most often used to treat sports injuries and muscle pain. To discover if dry needling is suitable for you, be sure to contact us today!