Functional Dry Needling
What is Functional Dry Needling?
Functional dry needling is a technique used by certified and trained physical therapists for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. It does not involve medication and is inserted through the skin into the muscle. Dry needling is not acupuncture but is a part of evidence-based research of modern Western medicine.
Why should I try Functional Dry Needling?
Functional dry needling may be used by your physical therapist as one part of your larger treatment plan. It is used to treat trigger points, or taut bands of muscle tissue within a larger muscle group, which can be tender to the touch and cause pain in other areas of the body.
Physical therapists use functional dry needling with the goal of releasing trigger points to relieve pain and improve range of motion. According to research it can also help improve pain, reduce muscle tension, and normalize dysfunction at motor end plates within the muscle. All of these positive effects can speed up your return to normal and pain free life.