DRY NEEDLING at HOLT CLINIC and EAST CLINIC (Jackson)
HOLT AND EAST CLINICS:
OFFERING DRY NEEDLING
FOR UPPER and LOWER BODY
Note: Must have a doctor’s prescription for the treatment
Dry needling is a technique Physical Therapists use to treat pain and movement impairments. The technique uses a "dry" needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle. Dry needling is not acupuncture, it is a part of modern Western medicine principles and is supported by research.
Dry needling involves a thin filiform needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues. A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch, and touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body. The needle allows a Physical Therapist to target tissues that are not manually palpable.
Our Physical Therapists wear gloves and appropriate personal protective equipment when dry needling, consistent with Standard Precautions, Guide to Infection Prevention for Outpatient Settings, and OSHA standards. The sterile needles are disposed of in a medical sharps collector.
In cases when dry needling is used, it is typically only one technique that's part of a larger treatment plan. We use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion.
Dry needling can help:
· control neck and shoulder pain and reduce muscle tension
· normalize dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles
· speed up the return to active rehabilitation
Our ORS physical therapists are well educated in anatomy and therapeutic treatments of the body. Those who perform dry needling supplement that knowledge by obtaining specific postgraduate education and training. Feel free to ask our ORS physical therapists about their specific experience and education in dry needling.