Dry Needling  New York, NY

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the insertion of thin needles (similar to acupuncture needles) into specific trigger points or myofascial (muscle and connective tissue) knots in the body. Unlike acupuncture, which is based on traditional Chinese medicine principles and aims to balance the body’s energy flow, dry needling is rooted in Western medicine and focuses on treating muscle tightness and pain.

Does Dry Needling help my pain?

The primary goals of dry needling are to:

  • Relieve Pain: The needles are inserted into trigger points or tight muscles to help release tension, reduce pain, and improve blood flow in the affected area.
  • Improve Range of Motion: By addressing muscle tightness and knots, dry needling can help improve joint mobility and flexibility.
  • Promote Healing: The insertion of needles can stimulate the body’s natural healing processes by increasing blood flow and promoting the release of substances that aid in tissue repair.
  • Reduce Muscle Spasms: Dry needling can help relax muscles and alleviate spasms, which can be particularly beneficial for individuals with chronic muscle pain.

The term “dry” needling distinguishes this technique from “wet” needling, which involves injecting a substance (such as medication) into the body through a needle.

The benefits of dry needling can last for several days or weeks. The number of treatments needed will vary depending on the individual’s condition.

Who can perform Dry Needling?

Dry needling is typically performed by a physical therapist, acupuncturist, or other healthcare provider who is trained in the technique. The needles are inserted into the skin and muscle at specific points, and the provider may then manipulate the needles to stimulate the tissues.

Does Dry Needling hurt?

The procedure may cause some discomfort, but most people find it to be tolerable. Bruise might last a couple of days.

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