Dry Needling for Lower Back Pain

back pain dry needlingOne in four Americans currently deals with lower back pain. In fact, musculoskeletal problems are one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. Chronic back pain is one of the most common ailments we treat here at Layton Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine. We want to find ways to help reduce the issues you are currently facing, and bring you back to living a life without chronic back pain. Dry needling for lower back pain is one of the most effective treatment methods we have found works for people with chronic aches and pain.

What is Dry Needling

Dry needling is a unique treatment method by gently inserting filament needles into the muscle, stimulating the trigger point to contract and then release. By using this treatment, patients often report a decrease in pain within a few days following the procedure. Dry needling works by increasing blood flow to the muscle group, thereby increasing the body’s ability to heal itself naturally.

What are Trigger Points

Trigger points are called active, latent, and satellite. Classifying the trigger points allows us to identify the extent of pain a patient is dealing with. Active trigger points will present pain without applied pressure. Latent trigger points cause pain with applied pressure and satellite trigger points occur when referred pain radiates to the active trigger point.

Dry needling can be effective when a local twitch response is produced. The local twitch is defined as visible or palpable contraction of the muscle and skin when pressure is applied to the trigger point. The change in pressure occurs when the needle is inserted into the muscle, forcing the muscle to contract and release.

Lower Back Pain Treatment with Dry Needling

One of the most crucial things we do at our Layton physical therapy office is heal patients. We want to reduce pain and restore your body to its proper condition. Using dry needling allows us to provide another natural treatment method, helping to speed up the body’s natural response to healing itself. We find that increasing blood flow to an injured area does improve lower back pain. By using dry needling, we help the body to focus on healing this one specific area of the back. Patients who have had dry needling report a decrease in back pain and often feel better within a few days following treatment.

Dry needling can do positive things to your body that other treatment can provide. By properly using dry needling for back pain, Layton Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine does find that the body’s ability to heal itself improves and will be successful. If you are interested in learning more about dry needling, contact our Layton physical therapy office today for more information.