This treatment is great for anyone dealing with a muscular skeletal injury where inflammation in the tissue exists due to trauma or an overuse injury. When done in conjunction with most physical therapy practices such as stretching, strengthening, and other modalities, dry needling works to alleviate symptoms of acute trauma, tightness, soreness, and general achiness. Once these symptoms are relieved, your physical therapist can begin correcting their cause. When you aren't trying to fight through the pain, you're able to progress to the next phases of treatment as opposed to fighting through constant inflammation.

Dry Needling Vs. Acupuncture

Despite common conception, dry needling is not acupuncture. Unlike the eastern medicine, which focuses on full body wellness, dry needling is spot-specific and works to treat a certain muscular skeletal issue that needs direct addressing. While acupuncture addresses meridians and flow within the body, dry needling is more muscle trigger point therapy. Dry needling is not a continued therapy, but a treatment that patients receive a handful of times to aid in progress. Once inflammation is reduced and treatment can progress, patients can expect better results through facilitated healing via physical therapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy.

When Dry Needling Can Help

If you are currently rehabilitating any sports injuries, contusions or bruises, muscle strains, an overuse injury, neck or back pain, or tendinitis, you may benefit from dry needling.
If you'd like to learn more about this therapy technique and how it could benefit your healing, please reach out to us at (406) 587-8446.

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