In August 2010, Physical Therapy Renaissance proudly became an integral part of the team that introduced Dry Needling to the state of Illinois. We are the first certified to offer this treatment in the Chicago region. Dry Needling is practiced by physical therapists in many countries and several states within the United States.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is a manual technique in which a sterile solid filament needle inactivates the trigger point and produces a local twitch response, a non-voluntary contraction of the trigger point that has been found to be essential to release or lessen the acute or chronic pain in the trigger point.
The result is reduction of pain, and return to normal muscle function. No medication is injected. Dry Needling enables the physical therapist to reach deeper painful parts of muscles that cannot be reached by more traditional techniques. Dry needling performed by physical therapists should not be confused with any type of acupuncture and is not an entry-level skill.
What is a Trigger point?
A Trigger Point is a very sensitive area of a muscle that is painful to touch and is located in a tight band. This tight band can refer pain to other areas. Dr. Jay Shah of The National Institutes of Health has discovered by extensive research that certain chemicals trapped in the muscle are very effectively released by Dry Needling.
What You May Expect
The patient will lie in a comfortable position. When a needle is inserted, the patient may feel a twitch of the muscle as it relaxes. There may be tenderness for a few days following treatment. This can be treated with hot or cold packs and stretching.
Dry Needling, Manual Therapy and Exercise are effective for the following conditions:
- Myofascial Pain
- Neck and Back Pain
- TMJ Disorders
- Chronic Pain
- Muscle Strains and Sprains
- Muscle Imbalances and Tightness