You might have heard of dry needling from a friend and now you’re wondering what does it do? I know it’s a weird name and it can even sound a little intimidating – NEEDLING. But it’s a safe and effective minimally invasive procedure that can help to reduce and even eliminate pain. Most high level athletes are using some kind of dry needling for both recovery and prevention and it’s finally starting to filter down where regular people are using it too!
So if you’re a runner, biker, weight lifter, weekend warrior or just someone who hurts and wants a solution that doesn’t involve pain pills, cortisone injections or surgery – then dry needling might be a good alternative to try out.
Just remember, it’s not magic and usually takes a few treatments to start making a difference.
What is dry needling?
Dry needling is a treatment performed by skilled, trained acupuncturists (just remember not all acupuncturist are trained in dry needling. Dr. Josh Hanson, DACM is one of the only dry needlers in the Tampa, FL region). A thin solid needle the thickness of just a few of the hairs on your head penetrates the skin and treats underlying muscular trigger points for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.
What is a trigger point?
“A hyper-irritable spot in skeletal muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule in a taut band. The spot is painful on compression and can give rise to characteristic referred pain, referred tenderness, motor dysfunction, and autonomic phenomena.”
What does dry needling do?
Dry needling treats muscle tissue. The goal is to deactivate trigger points, restore function to tissue and decrease your pain.
What is dry needling good for?
The good news is that if it hurts, dry needling is usually going to be helpful. The most common issues I use dry needling for here in Tampa, FL are:
Low back pain, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Hip Pain, Shoulder Pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Tennis Elbow, & Carpal Tunnel.
Don’t worry if you don’t see your condition listed, just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.
Where should I get dry needling in Tampa, FL?
Call me, Dr. Josh Hanson, DACM at 813-534-0311 or email me at email@example.com. If you’re in Tampa, FL and looking for dry needling. There’s a reason I work with all of the professional sports teams in the area :).