Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use (where allowed by state law) to treat pain and movement problems. A physical therapist inserts a "dry" needle, without medication or injection, into areas of the muscle.
Other terms used to describe dry needling include trigger point dry needling, and intramuscular manual therapy.
Dry needling can release or inactivate trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Physical therapists may use dry needling as part of an overall treatment plan.
Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. You can contact a physical therapist directly for an evaluation. To find a physical therapist in your area, visit Find a PT.
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Dry Needling: What It Is & Who It Helps
A physical therapist discusses dry needling.
Dry Needling by a Physical Therapist: What You Should Know
Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use for the treatment of pain and movement impairments.
Dry Needling by a Physical Therapist
An explanation of dry needling, the conditions it may be used for, and more.
Patient Story: Chelsea (Physical Therapy with Dry Needling)
Patient Chelsea Grimes shares her experience with dry needling by a physical therapist to address chronic headache pain.
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