Experience Relief and Revitalization With Exchange Physical Therapy Group’s Dry Needling Treatments
If you suffer from acute or chronic pain, limited range of motion, injury complications, or general muscle tension, you may find relief with dry needling. At Exchange Physical Therapy Group, we commit to helping you feel better with the most advanced physical therapy techniques available. Dry needling is an effective, safe, and minimally invasive pain-reduction technique that can improve your symptoms immediately while providing long-lasting effects.
If you’re interested in learning more about dry needling, visit one of our clinics in Hoboken, Weehawken, or Jersey City, NJ. We provide one-on-one state-of-the-art care to all our clients, so you can receive a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
Dry needling is an effective treatment for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, from acute injuries to chronic conditions and overuse strains. By pairing dry needling with our other personalized techniques, we can restrengthen your muscles, relax tension, and improve blood flow, allowing your body to heal. The simple treatment involves inserting thin needles into your trigger points to release muscle tension.
The benefits of dry needling include the following:
- Fast pain relief: Many patients enjoy reduced pain after a single session of dry needling. You may feel some soreness after your first session, but once it wears off after about 24 to 48 hours, you should begin to notice results.
- Improved progress: Many physical therapy efforts can take time, as muscles do not regenerate overnight. Dry needling can speed up your other physical therapy efforts by improving strength, flexibility, and pain thresholds.
- Specific pain targeting: Rather than targeting a wide muscle group, dry needling focuses directly on the problem area by treating myofascial trigger points. Aside from the primary target, dry needling can also support general nervous system improvements, offering comprehensive benefits.
- Improved strength: With immediate reduced pain results, you can focus on rebuilding your strength and activating your inhibited muscles for a faster recovery.
What Is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a minimally invasive physical therapy treatment method that involves inserting a thin, monofilament needle into myofascial trigger points. Myofascial trigger points refer to painful areas of thin connective tissues wrapped around your muscles. Your trigger points may also include tendons, scar tissue, and ligaments.
Trigger points, or knots, develop in your muscles and ligaments for numerous reasons, causing tightness, reduced blood flow, tenderness, poor range of motion, oxygen deprivation, and reduced healing. Dry needling alleviates trigger points through intramuscular stimulation, restoring blood flow, reducing pain, and allowing your body to heal as it should.
Dry needling may seem like acupuncture since both treatments use similar monofilament needles, but dry needling goes deeper than the surface of the skin, focusing on internal triggers rather than external energy points. The needles do not contain any medication, hence the name dry needling. Your physical therapist may manually maneuver the needles to stimulate the trigger point or use an electric stimulation procedure, depending on what we think will work best for your condition.
What Can Dry Needling Help With?
Dry needling can help with acute or chronic problems affecting your muscles, ligaments, or tendons. A few common conditions that dry needling can ease include the following:
- Scar tissue
- Migraines and tension headaches
- Joint or disk issues
- TMJ disorders
- Repetitive motion disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome
- Overuse injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Muscle tightness and spasms
- Nerve compression or entrapment
- Postherpetic neuralgia
- Phantom limb pain
- Spinal complications
Am I a Candidate for Dry Needling?
Nearly all physical therapy patients struggling with pain are candidates for dry needling because of its wide applications and minimal risks. However, this method may not be best if you’re pregnant, on blood thinners, recently had surgery in the area, have a compromised immune system, or wish to avoid needles. Our team can help you decide whether dry needling is right for your condition. Contact our team at Exchange Physical Therapy Group today to schedule a dry needling consultation at one of our offices in Uptown Hoboken, Downtown Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City Heights, or Jersey City, NJ.