Origin Rehab Physical Therapy, Health, And Wellness

Dry Needling

at Origin Rehabilitation Physical Therapy Clinic in Mint Hill, NC

What is Dry Needling?

At Origin Rehabilitation physical therapy in Mint Hill, NC, Dry needling is an invasive procedure where a very thin solid filament needle is used to penetrate the skin to reach the trigger point (“knot”) within the muscle. These trigger points can cause pain – locally & referred – and limit movement. A variety of techniques can be used which can include either removal of the needles immediately or leaving the needle(s) in situ for a period of up to 20 minutes. The specific technique(s) used is determined by the provider & based solely on the client’s specific condition.

How Will Dry Needling Help Me?

Clinical trials and research has shown that dry needling has multiple beneficial effects that positively impact healing.  Among them, decreased pain both locally and into referral sites, improved muscle function (able to contract and relax appropriately), improved ability to move during daily activities, decreased muscular tension and improved myofascial (connective tissue) flexibility.

It has also been suggested that, by increasing blood flow to the targeted area, the body’s natural healing response – the acute inflammatory process – is triggered.  While some soreness can often result, actual healing at the tissue level can take place as the result beginning with the very first treatment.

dry needling therapy at Origin Rehabilitation physical therapy clinic in Mint Hill, NC

Ready to Get Started?

Each of our clients has their own unique needs and our physical therapy & wellness programs are designed to meet those individual needs providing the skilled therapy and training that work best for you. Dry Needling therapy can be used in either or both of these services where appropriate.

You won’t find a one-size-fits-all program or experience a cookie cutter approach. Likewise, we take the time to understand exactly what you need.  If you feel Dry Needling Therapy may benefit you, we would love the opportunity to assess and provide you with our honest feedback and recommendation for treatment. Since there are few contraindications or precautions, a trial of this treatment is usually possible.

Returning to the active lifestyle you’ve come to expect is possible, even if you struggle with chronic pain or neuropathy. Please contact our physical therapy clinic in Mint Hill, NC today to schedule your appointment or consultation.

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What Is the Difference Between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

It is easy to see the similarity between dry needling and acupuncture. Both involve the insertion of thin needles (often the same type) into specific points on the body. This is really where similarities end.

The primary difference between dry needling and acupuncture is that during an acupuncture session, needles are inserted into points along “meridian lines.” In Eastern medicine, these lines represent the body’s organs. Acupuncture is based on the idea of balance and restoring proper flow of energy (often referred to as “chi”) throughout the body. Needles remain in place for 15 to 30 minutes during a session and it is most often used to treat internal ailments, including digestive problems, insomnia, stress and chronic pain.

Dry needle treatment is comparatively new and based on modern Western medicine. This treatment was developed in the 1980s, and during treatment, needles are inserted into trigger points, or tender bands of muscle located within larger muscles.

When needles are inserted into trigger points, they can elicit a response that releases the trigger point and restores normal function. Dry needling is used to treat cases of chronic and acute pain, limited range of motion, and sometimes even neuropathy without the use of medication, surgical procedures, etc.

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