What is it?

Dry needling is a revolutionary pain relieving procedure performed by certified therapists. Treatment is directed at myofascial trigger points, or painful muscle knots, responsible for widespread discomfort, weakness, and maintenance of the pain cycle. During dry needling, a thin needle is inserted through the skin into the underlying muscle, aimed directly at the trigger point. The introduction of the needle causes a therapeutic effect within the targeted muscle, as well as the system as a whole.

What are 3 things people should know about dry needling?

  1. Dry needling is utilized to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal problems. Conditions include neck, back and shoulder pain, arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer's elbow), headaches (including migraine and tension type), jaw pain, buttock and leg pain (sciatica, hamstring strains, calf tightness), and fibromyalgia.
  2. Some patient's report soreness after the procedure, which typically lasts for a few hours up to two days, but there are no side effects associated with dry needling.
  3. It often takes serveral treatments for a postive reaction to take place, although some patients report a noticeable reduction in symptoms after 1-2 sessions.

How can Freedom Physical Therapy Services help?

The certified dry needling therapists at Freedom Physical Therapy Services can help you reduce muscle tension, promote healing, and increase your range of motion through the use of dry needling in conjunction with our other therapy techniques. Dry needling often accompanies other therapy, including manual techniques, exercises, and an individualized home program to maximize the benefits of dry needling.

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Owner & Physical Therapist at Freedom Physical Therapy Services

Michael Karegeannes, PT, MHSc, LAT, MTC, CFC, CCTT, CMTPT is the owner of Freedom Physical Therapy Services in WI and is one of the few physical therapists in the United States recognized as a Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist with the AAOP and PTBCTT.