Dry needling is a budding therapy for treating myofascial pain, or sensitivities at muscular trigger points, using non-medicated needles. Dr. Dorn inserts the thin needles through the skin into trigger points, or knotted bands of muscle inside larger muscles, to disband them.
Although the procedure resembles acupuncture, the two treatments are very different. Acupuncture is performed by certified acupuncturists to target energy meridians, and it comes from traditional Chinese medicine. Physical therapists perform dry needle therapy to target trigger points, and it’s based on Western research and philosophy.
With dry needling, Dr. Dorn can reach tight bands of muscle that he wouldn’t be able to reach with manual pressure. After a mild muscle cramp sensation as the needle stimulates the trigger point, the needle then deactivates that trigger point and causes the muscle to relax.
Research shows that by deactivating tight trigger points, dry needling has the potential to:
By turning off the trigger point and disturbing the pain cycle, many patients achieve pain relief without medication.
Most people don’t even notice when Dr. Dorn inserts the needle into the skin. You may feel a momentary cramping or shock-like sensation when the needle hits the trigger point. It’s important to remember that the purpose of dry needling is to relieve bothersome pain, even if it causes mild pain in the short term.
After the treatment, you may have some short-lived soreness. The residual pain feels just like the soreness you might feel after a tough strength-training session.
Dry needle therapy is effective in treating myofascial pain. Dr. Dorn uses the therapy primarily for:
If Dr. Dorn thinks you have a musculoskeletal problem that would benefit from dry needle therapy, he suggests the treatment in conjunction with other therapies.
If you’re interested in trying dry needle therapy, contact the Baltimore Back & Pain Center by phone or online.
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