Dry needling is a procedure in which a solid filament needle (like those used in acupuncture) is inserted into the muscle to help relieve pain. The needle is targeted towards myofascial trigger points that cause local and referred pain throughout the body. The use of the needle allows the therapist to get more precision deep into the muscle than they can by using traditional manual therapy techniques. Dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehab from injury, and in some cases can help with injury prevention.
Dry needling has a wide range of applications from pain management to rehab of sports related injuries. Virtually all the musculoskeletal pain problems we treat in the clinic could benefit from the use of dry needling. When used in conjunction with the other manual therapy techniques we employ at Cioffredi & Associates, dry needling is very effective.
Some of the conditions it can be used to help treat include neck and back pain, sciatica, headaches, rotator cuff injuries, shoulder impingement, carpal tunnel, and foot pain (to name a few). For athletes, dry needling can be used in the treatment of muscle pulls and strains, hamstring pain, shin splints, knee pain, Achilles tendon pain, hip flexor strains, rotator cuff tendonitis and tennis elbow.