What’s This Dry Needling Thing I’ve Been Doing Recently?
May 23, 2017
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Dry Needling (DN), a.k.a. Biomedical Dry Needling (BDN), Integrative Dry Needling (IDN) or Intramuscular Manual Therapy (IMT) is used for the treatment of pain and dysfunction, and has been found in the literature to improve pain, disability and function. The DN technique is a modern Western medical modality that is not based on Traditional Chinese Medical acupuncture, in that the purpose of DN is not to alter the flow of Qi or energy along traditional Chinese meridians. Dry needling has it’s own theoretical concepts, terminology, and clinical application.
Dry needling is based on a modern comprehensive understanding of human neuromusculoskeletal anatomy, patho-physiology and on scientific research and pain models.
Dry needling in the United States is also known as trigger point needling, functional dry needling, dry needling technique, integrative dry needling, intramuscular stimulation (IMS), or intramuscular manual therapy.
Dry Needling (DN) is effective for resolving soft tissue dysfunction, such as inflammation, tendonitis, contractures, trigger points, tissue adhesions, microcirculation, edema, and various other neuromusculoskeletal conditions.
A comprehensive examination and evaluation of the neuromusculoskeletal systems allows our doctors of physical therapy to create a musculoskeletal diagnoses based on modern medical concepts that is not based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. This allows us do develop a comprehensive treatment strategy for each individual patient.
Dry Needling, combined with manual physical therapy treatment, can help the following conditions:
- Acute and chronic tendonitis
- Athletic and sports-related overuse injuries
- Post-surgical pain
- Post-traumatic injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and work related injuries
- Chronic pain conditions
- Headaches and whiplash
- Lower back pain
- Frozen Shoulder
- Tennis Elbow
- Muscle Spasms
- Sciatic Pain
- Hip Pain
- Knee Pain
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Many other neuromusculoskeletal conditions…
Please note: Dry Needling is just one modality used in conjunction with the variety of manual therapy techniques and prescriptive exercises, prescribed by our manual physical therapist to restore you to optimal physical function. DN is only one component of a multidimensional treatment approach, geared at creating a successful outcome for you. As a manual physical therapist, we address various neuromusculoskeletal conditions such as biomechanical muscle imbalances, postural dysfunctions, muscular flexibility limitations, strength deficits, swollen or stiff joints, and many other conditions… all of these conditions may require much more than just dry needling.