Dry needling

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Dry needling is a safe, effective technique for managing pain and improving range of motion.

Our team at Hampstead, Sneads Ferry, and Topsail Physical Therapy is committed to providing the very best in physical therapy, and we use a variety of treatments to help you achieve your individual goals. One of the treatments we use at our facility is dry needling, and in this article, we’ll go over the basics of what it is and how it works.

Dry needling

First, we want you to know that dry needling is completely safe and only mildly uncomfortable, despite the somewhat off-putting name. In this technique, our therapists use a thin, microfilament needle to penetrate the skin and treat underlying trigger points in the muscle. Trigger points are areas where the muscle fiber has become too tight, leading to negative effects such as pain or restricted motion. When needles are applied to these areas, they can help improve blood flow, release tension, and alleviate pain. While dry needling uses tools similar to the ones used in acupuncture, it is based in Western medical science rather than traditional Chinese medicine. We also rarely use it as a solo treatment, but instead incorporate it into a larger treatment plan that includes other physical therapy interventions.

Our team wants to help you achieve your individual therapy goals, whether that’s restoring range of motion, alleviating pain, or anything else. We have used dry needling to help many patients manage their pain and regain significant function, and we are confident that we can help you do the same. If you are interested in our dry needling treatments, simply give us a call to learn more.