Dry Needling – Corinne’s Take

I have never been a trend follower.  In fact my whole life I have intentionally avoided anything that seemed to be on the rise. Beanie Babies, those shirts that expanded and condensed. Honestly, they didn’t look good on anyone.   Then came along this new and radical treatment.  It was unique and advance.  Doctors were asking for it, people were calling to see if we performed it.  This new and very effective treatment called . . . . .. Dry Needling.

A technique that could decrease chronic pain and stop stress points all in one.  A treatment so quick and easy, sometimes it only takes 15 minutes! I had to learn more.

Here’s what I found out:

  • Dry Needling came from a doctor who was performing injections to treat muscle spasms.  He found that his patients reported just as much relief from just the needle being inserted as they did from the solution.
  • Dry Needling can decrease pain or release a restriction caused by injury or a muscle spasm that is a result of stress.
  • Dry Needling can increase tissue healing and help with strengthening muscles.

Dry Needling is not for everyone.  If you don’t like needles, it’s probably not your thing. This technique is like a reset button in a muscle spasm.  Once you achieve the “twitch response” the body starts to relax and heal the chronic muscle spasms.  You can use it as a lone treatment or in tandem with the rest of your therapy session.

Let me tell you as a Physical Therapist it’s going to change the way I practice. I know that I will be more effective and can help my patients get better faster with Dry Needling.

Corinne B. Knight
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist