Dry Needling involves the insertion of thin monofilament needles without the use of injectate into and around muscles, ligaments, tendons, subcutaneous fascia, teno-osseous junctions, and scar tissue. Dry needles may also be inserted in the vicinity of peripheral nerves and neurovascular bundles to manage neuromuscular pain. Dry needling is much more than just sticking needles into trigger points (Dunning, 2013).
Dry Needling is not traditional Chinese Acupuncture; that is, it does not have the purpose of altering the flow of energy "Qi" along traditional Chinese meridians for the treatment of disease. Rather, dry needling, is a modern-science-based intervention for the treatment of pain and dysfunction in musculoskeletal conditions.
Dry Needling combined with Physical Therapy can help the following conditions:
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Acute and Chronic Tendinitis
- Shoulder pain
- Athletic and sports related overuse injuries
- Headaches and Whiplash
- Tennis Elbow
- Muscle Spasms
- Sciatic Pain
- Hip Pain
- Knee Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Plantar fascitis
The manual therapists at Reconstructive Orthopaedics who perform dry needling have achieved an advanced certification through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. We have an extensive knowledge of the evidence-based, scientific literature, and are involved in ongoing research.
Reference: Dunning et al. Dry needling: a literature review with implications for clinical practice guidelines. Physical Therapy Reviews. 2014
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