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Dry needling is an effective treatment for muscle pain, nerve pain, and more. Utilizing filiform needles, we will stimulate the muscle tissue and fascia to alleviate pain.

Dry needling is one of the best treatment methods for myofascial pain, and has been used as a physical therapy treatment for decades. While many people have heard of acupuncture treatments, we want to stress how dry needling is different and why it is a better treatment for common muscle problems.

Dry Needling and Acupuncture – How are they different?

Dry needling and acupuncture share a common element, which is to treat the underlying cause of pain. Dry needling does not base its style of Chinese medicine, instead it focuses on musculoskeletal and neurological treatment with evidence-based research.

Dry needling focuses on targeting the trigger points (hypersensitive areas in the fascia), to stimulate them and cause them to release. The similarities between the two treatments often comes from the confusion surrounding the needles. In dry needling, we use a fine filiform needle, with a variety of lengths based on the treatment need. Our doctors have the right training and experience to ensure the needling location is palpated and properly inserted to manipulate the trigger point.

What to Expect

No treatment is ever truly without discomfort and the same is true about dry needling. Rarely do patients experience any type of intense pain, but mild discomfort during treatment and possibly some light bruising days after treatment.

Dry needling is performed by one of our trained physical therapists, who both have additional dry needling certification. We will perform an initial evaluation before we focus on creating a therapy treatment plan.

Depending upon the location of treatment, patients will either sit or lie down while we perform treatment. We will talk with you during the treatment to discuss how you are feeling and how the treatment is working.

We never want you to feel uncomfortable and encourage you to speak up immediately if you feel any intense pain. In addition to dry needling, we may incorporate different treatments to soothe the muscle tissue like soft tissue mobilization and posture correction.

Will Dry Needling Work?

How does dry needling relieve pain? Studies conducted on dry needling have found that the body has a mechanical, chemical, and neurophysiological response to the needle. When the needle is inserted, it stimulates a response from the body to start healing inflammation and repair tissue damage.

The chemical response focuses on increasing chemicals to the nerve ending that is inflamed. The nerve has a response to the new chemicals and causes the nerve to twitch. Finally, the neurophysiological response centers around the way your body responds to pain.

Dry needling does work and we have seen thousands of positive results at our three Utah clinics. Come visit Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Layton, North Ogden, or Mountain Green!