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What is dry needling?

Dry needlingDry needling is a technique performed by a highly trained physical therapist to reduce pain levels. Dry needling is often referred to as trigger point dry needling. Dry needling uses tiny, thin needles that penetrate the skin to produce a muscle twitch response. Dry needling is inserted into trigger points, dysfunctional tissue, or muscle to alleviate pain. The primary goal of dry needling is to rest dysfunctional muscle tissue and promote healthy muscle contraction.

Dry needling can be used to target and treat a wide range of muscle groups: upper trapezius, glutes, along with the suboccipital region, and latissimus dorsi. Dry needling can be used in conjunction with other pain management treatments. Usually, dry needling is just one part of your overall treatment plan. Dry needling has been proven to help manage pain, reduce tension in the muscle, and increase motor function in certain muscles.

Is dry needling painful?

Some patients report feeling a slight pinch during the insertion of the needle. However, the dry needling experience will be different for each patient.

What are the side effects of dry needling?

Most patients report experiencing soreness after treatment. Soreness typically lasts from anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

What can I expect after dry needling?

If you are experiencing soreness, try applying heat, ice, or doing a few mild stretches. Patients may have to undergo dry needling multiple times to achieve the results. Your KureSmart management specialist will work with you to coordinate all aspects of your treatment plan.

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Dry needling is a minimally invasive procedure that may help patients dealing with pain find the relief they need. KureSmart Management is home to a team of specialists dedicated to helping patients find healthy, effective ways to manage their pain. We work with you to create personalized solutions to help manage and prevent chronic pain. To learn more about your options, visit one of our conveniently located pain management facilities in Maryland, Michigan, And Delaware. To schedule an appointment, call us toll-free at 877.621.1269 or schedule an appointment online.