Types of Treatment
Dry Needling involves the insertion of a thin filament needle to stimulate the healing process of soft tissues (muscle "trigger points", fascia, tendons and ligaments, etc.). The result of dry needling is pain relief and restoration of healthy physiology.
El Paso Physical Therapy Services offers dry needling sessions at all of our clinics. Dry needling is an effective treatment for chronic pain (of neuropathic origin) with very few side effects. Our dry needling certified (DNS) physical therapists are highly-trained and committed to excellence and quality care for all patients.
Dry Needling treatment is currently offered at the East and Horizon Valley clinic.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dry Needling
What is a "trigger point"?
A "trigger point" is a hyperirritable point in a muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule, or “knot." This area becomes painful at the site and can also “radiate” in predictable patterns.
Does it hurt?
A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of this needle. However if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the subject will feel a sensation like a muscle cramp (the "twitch" response).
What is the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?
The objectives and philosophy behind the use of dry needling by physical therapists is not based on ancient theories or tenets of traditional Chinese medicine. The performance of modern dry needling by physical therapists is based on Western Neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.
Both Dry Needling and Acupuncture do, however, use the same tool; a solid needle filament.
Who can benefit from Dry Needling?
Almost anyone experiencing a variety of pain problems including, but not limited to:
- Acute/Chronic injuries
- Neck/Back pain
- Muscle Spasms
- Hip/Knee pain
- Muscle strains
- "Tennis/Golfer's Elbow"
- Patellar Femoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS)
- Overuse injuries
Are there any side effects to Dry Needling?
Side effects may vary among individuals. Typically, only mild muscle soreness or skin bruising.
Is Dry Needling covered by my health insurance?
In most cases it is a fee or cash-based service.
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