How Does It Work?
Dry Needling utilizes a very fine (usually 38 gauge), flexible, solid, sterile needle for a multitude of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. It Is not acupuncture; it is based on neuro-anatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. Dry Needling works by causing microlesions within the pathological tissue thus breaking up shortened tissues, inhibiting a reflex arc from the nervous system to the tissue, normalizing Inflammatory responses, and centrally mediating pain. This mechanical and neuromuscular effect provides an environment that enhances the body's ability to heal which ultimately reduces pain.
What Conditions Can Be Treated?
Dry Needling is used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions that may be painful with or without decreased mobility. A few examples are headaches, back pain, sprains, strains. adhesive capsulitis, carpal tunnel, IT Band Syndrome, sciatica, and chronic pain syndromes.
What Can Patients Expect with Dry Needling?
- We strive to make the treatment virtually painless, however at times a local twitch response of the muscle may be felt.
- Many patients experience immediate relief of their symptoms and an increase in range of motion.
- Soreness or bruising Is a common response from the needling but does not occur with all patients.
How Many Treatments Are Needed?
This is determined by the physical therapist. It ultimately depends on the injury and the patient's overall health.
Is Dry Needling Treatment Covered By Insurance?
Dry Needling may correspond with physical therapy benefits. To verify coverage, consult with your provider. We also offer a self-pay option at a reasonable rate.
Are the Physical Therapists Certified?
Yes. Not all medical or physical therapy professionals are trained to perform the Integrative Dry Needling treatment technique. The physical therapists at the Rehab Center have advanced training and have been certified through Dr. Ma's Integrative Dry Needling Institute.