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Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use (where allowed by state law) for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. The technique uses a "dry" needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle.

Other terms commonly used to describe dry needling, include trigger point dry needling, and intramuscular manual therapy.

Physical therapists use dry needling to 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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A physical therapist performing dry needling on a patient.

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Additional Dry Needling Content

Dry Needling: What It Is & Who It Helps

Jan 20, 2014 | Podcast

Success Story: Recovering from Total Shoulder Replacement with Dry Needling

Oct 11, 2013 | Podcast

Success Story: Relief From Migraine Headaches with Trigger Point Therapy

Nov 1, 2013 | Podcast

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Dec 5, 2018 | Health Tips

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May 25, 2015 | Health Tips