Dry Needling: New Treatment Techniques for Physical and Occupational Therapy

Have you heard of dry needling? HFM physical and occupational therapists have completed a dry needling course focusing on innovative treatment techniques for neuromuscular soft tissue dysfunction.

These new techniques have been shown effective in treating both acute and chronic pain conditions such as:

  • Chronic pain syndromes (ex: fibromyalgia)
  • Sports-related strains and sprains
  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Tennis elbow
  • Post-surgical pain

These techniques involve using a filiform needle (thin solid needle) to affect the neuromuscular system by creating small soft tissue lesions to start or restart the natural self-healing process of the body. This can help improve blood flow and reduce blockage of circulatory and lymphatic systems, reduce dysfunctional scar tissue formation, reduce tissue hypersensitivity causing pain, and prevent atrophy of muscular tissue after injury.

It is important to note that this approach aims to treat both trigger-points, hyperirritable “knots” in the muscle which can generate pain, as well as stimulate nervous tissue present at the spinal segments/vertebrae and peripheral nerves. Therefore, the intent is to treat the body systemically, not only locally, which promotes comprehensive assessment and treatment by keeping in mind the interconnectedness of the various body systems. Using dry needling in combination with other therapy practices, such as therapeutic exercise, helps to unlock the amazing healing capabilities of the human body, which is the ultimate goal of rehabilitation service.

For more information about dry needling services, all HFM Rehab Plus at (920) 320-3100.

About the author.

Darren Nelson, DPT, is a physical therapist with HFM Rehab Plus.