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Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a medical technique using a sterile, filament acupuncture needle to treat myofascial dysfunctions called Trigger Points.

It is a pain management treatment technique often used by physical therapists to relieve pain. It requires using a sterile, filament acupuncture needle that is inserted through the skin into muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other pain producing tissues to  immediately reduce pain, decrease muscle tension and increase mobility. This treatment technique provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal which ultimately reduces pain.

This is an Intramuscular Trigger Point (IMTrP) treatment performed by a licensed physical therapist in only three States, including Wisconsin. Our Physical Therapists are certified through Myopain Seminars, the only certification program for physical therapists. At PROCare Physical Therapy, we try to differentiate ourselves to help our patients improve their present condition and have them Get Better, Faster by utilizing innovative techniques.


Is this Acupuncture?

Dry Needling is not acupuncture. There are some similarities to acupuncture but more there are more differences between dry needling and acupuncture.

Dry Needling is based on a modern scientific study of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems where the therapist is trying to change both biochemistry and biomechanical of the tissue to help with pain management. Acupuncture is an Eastern Medicine ancient technique utilizing meridians to change Chi (energy flows) through the body.

Licensed physical therapists in a growing number of states can use dry needling under the scope of their practice. Our Physical therapists are not licensed acupuncturists and do not practice acupuncture. In contrast to most schools of acupuncture, dry needling is strictly based on Western medicine principles and research.


What can be treated by Dry Needling?

Dry Needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. When combined with traditional physical therapy and the advanced manual therapy techniques, we have had success treating most pain related problems from head to toe and from acute to chronic conditions.

It has been used in a variety of musculoskeletal problems including, but not limited to: acute or chronic injuries, headaches, neck pain, back pain, tendinitis, muscle spasms, “Sciatica”, hip or knee pain, muscle strains, fibromyalgia, tennis or golfer’s elbow, overuse injuries, and much more.

Dry Needling can be used to help athletes overcome delayed onset muscle soreness. As athletes push the envelope to become bigger and faster or to reach new goals, recovery becomes an essential phase in the process. Often times dry needling can be used to speed up this recovery time and allow the athlete to return to training or to playing sooner than without it.


Is Dry Needling Painful?

For most people there is little to no discomfort with the insertion of the needle into the skin.  We strive to make the treatment virtually painless however, you may experience a “twitch response” which is often described as “nervey”, “shocky”, or “a muscle cramp or ache.” These sensations are normal and even desirable at times.  Following this technique muscle soreness can be felt up to 24-48 hours. The application of heat or ice and drinking plenty of fluids will help reduce the soreness.

Dry Needling is a powerful treatment technique that when used in conjunction with our other physical therapy treatments, can help relieve your pain and improve your functional mobility more quickly. Call us today to learn more about our Dry Needling Therapy.