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Dry Needling for Pain Management

Dry Needling

Written By: Dr. Nate Jones, PT

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is the use of thin needles to treat musculoskeletal pain and weakness. The needles do not inject anything (thus the term “dry”), and they are typically inserted into the painful areas within the muscles. Think about how if you grab your upper traps there tend to be tight and tender spots; these would be examples of areas dry needles would be inserted into. Once the needle is in the muscle there are two common techniques that can be used to relieve the painful area (there are other techniques, but they are less common). The first is called pistoning - the needle is moved in and out of the area repeatedly until the muscle twitches. The second is the use of electric stimulation with needles, which surprisingly, tends to be more comfortable for most people - leads are hooked up to one or more needles and electricity is run through them into the muscles, which results in repeated muscle...

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