Dry Needling in Physical Therapy
Dry needling is a term that can be a bit frightening simply because of its title. However, it is quickly becoming a very important and effective part of treatment at Mountain View Pain Center. The American Physical Therapy Association established the definition for dry needling in physical therapy: A skilled intervention that is performed using a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofasical trigger points, muscular and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.
Dry needling enables our doctors to not only defuse pain, but also to help heal various neuromuscular skeletal conditions. The direct disruption Dry Needling has on the tender point causes a rapid improvement in muscle physiology and function that no other modality can achieve. Needle penetration is one of the single most effective ways to improve clinical outcomes in both time and duration.
Dry needling does not involve injections of any kind, whereas ‘wet needling’ is the use of a hollow hypodermic needle injecting substances such as saline solution, Botox or corticosteroids. When it comes to dry needling, the needle is inserted about 5-10mm into the tissue above the trigger point. Dry needling is ever evolving and as a result, many different terms have emerged. At Mountain View Pain Center, we put our main focus on Functional Dry Needling (FDN) and Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN).