Dry Needling

Are you experiencing pain in your shoulders, neck, or back? Have you tried dry needling Houston Therapy Specialists service? We also provide a host of other physical therapy services, such as guided movement restriction exercises and massage therapy Houston patients can depend on. Dry needling is often confused with acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medicine designed to relieve discomfort, pain and improve a person's "chi." It is rooted in modern western medical practice, and it includes evaluating pain patterns, movement impairments, posture, function, and orthopedic tests. The activity is designed to stimulate muscles or trigger points that are irritable. We offer the best physical therapy Pasadena TX has to offer, if you ever need to release those knots. 

What is Dry Needling? 

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Dry needling is a therapeutic intervention that can address pain related to trigger points and movement restrictions due to muscle dysfunction. It can enhance the performance of weak muscles that are unresponsive to traditional electrical stimulation. It is sometimes referred to as trigger point dry needling and intramuscular manual therapy.

 

This technique utilizes needles with no medication that are inserted into muscular areas. During the process, several filiform needles are put into the skin. Our physical therapist Houston TX professionals are trained to use the needle to release the knots and relieve whatever muscle pain or spasms you may have. Dry needling can be used for various musculoskeletal issues such as neck, heel, hip, back, and shoulder pains.

What is a Trigger Point?

A trigger point is a flexed skeletal muscle band found within a larger muscle group. It can restrict your range of motion, reduce muscular function, increase local tenderness, and cause pain. Whenever a dysfunctional trigger point is approached with dry needling, it improves your blood flow, loosens tight areas, and reduces isolated or distributed pains.

Techniques

Different forms of dry needling use the 'pistoning' or 'sparrow pecking' techniques. These are also known as in-and-out techniques, which both rely on needle insertion. The needles do not stay in the skin for long. Instead, they prick the trigger points and are removed immediately. 

Non-trigger Point Technique

This is a part of treating a border landscape of the central nervous system (CNS). Instead of inserting the needles directly into the pain area, multiple needles are inserted around the area. 

 

This technique focuses on the notion that pain results from a more significant muscular problem and not just an issue with the painful location. Hence, the name of the non-trigger point technique is given.

Benefits of Dry Needling

The main goals of dry needling are to reduce pain, treat muscle tissue and inactive trigger points, and restore functionality. It can: 

 

  • Give relief for some muscular stiffness and pain.

  • Ease the trigger points.

  • Improve flexibility.

  • Increase range of motion.

  • Useful for treating sports injuries, muscle pain, and fibromyalgia.

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Physical therapists rarely perform the dry needling procedure alone. It usually is a part of a broader physical therapy approach plan involving other interventions. Research supports that it can improve pain control, normalize the motor end plates' dysfunction, reduce muscle tension, and speed up the patient's return to active rehabilitation. If you are looking for the best physical therapy Pearland and the surrounding areas have to offer, give us a call.