What is dry needling?
Dry needling simply refers to the puncture of the skin with small solid filiform needles as opposed to injection therapy, which uses a hypodermic needle to inject a substance.
It’s a technique that is designed to treat trigger points and their referred pain patterns.
Other terms commonly used to describe dry needling, include Orthopedic Acupuncture,Trigger point dry needling, and Intramuscular manual therapy.
Dr. Josh Hanson, DACM is the only physician in the most experienced dry needler near me in Tampa, FL area who has extensive training and clinical experience in both Dry Needling and Orthopedic Acupuncture (This is why professional sports teams trust me so much with their players).
What is it good for?
If it hurts then dry needling can usually help. It’s great for back pain, sciatica, neck pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, hip pain, knee pain, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, and a whole lot more.
How does it work?
This is a super complex question, but the simple answer is that dry needling helps to clear up trigger points and their referred pain. It also helps to bring blood flow to injured areas and trigger your body to release natural pain killing chemicals.
How many treatments will I need?
That is going to depend on what you’re trying to address, your overall health status, your bodies ability to heal and what your goals are. Unfortunately I don’t have a magic 8 ball to predict how many treatments you will need without first performing a detailed physical exam.
Is dry needling different than acupuncture?
In the end, NO.There is no difference between orthopedic acupuncture and dry needling. There is a difference between dry needling and Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is the most common system of acupuncture practice in the United States.
I know this is confusing, but not all acupuncturists are trained in dry needling / orthopedic acupuncture. So you have to pick who you go to wisely.
Dry needling is orthopedic acupuncture.
Dry needling is used to target trigger points that are found in the myofascial system, often at the neuromuscular bundle – the same points are needled by acupuncturists for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain.
With dry needling I am always focused on releasing trigger points.
In the end, dry needling is a great alternative to anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections and can often times help you to avoid surgery. If you’re already had surgery it can speed up the healing time and help to restore function to the areas that were treated.