Know what dry needling is? Here is everything you need to know

Working out and injuring yourself is not fun at all. Even worse is having to get some physical therapy. But since you already injured yourself and you must get therapy to fix that injury, then you should make the process a little more fun. There are so many options offered depending on the location of the injury. Some of these options are conventional and others, not so much. I want to talk to you a little about the not so conventional options. One of them is called dry needling.

What is it?


Sounds like a new era type of deal right? Well not so much. Dry needling consists of placing a needle in a “trigger point”. Why is this done? Simple, the aim is to generate a twitch in the muscle area where the needle is placed so that this twitching response helps in releasing muscle tension and the obvious, pain. This type of needle is called filament needle and it is used for stimulating the healing process.

Is dry needling the same as acupuncture?

In some ways it is and in others it isn’t. The difference is that acupuncture has more to do witch eastern and Chinese medicine. Meanwhile dry needling leans more towards modern medicine but at the end, they both have the same ending result.

Is there any pain involved?

I think it depends mostly on the pain tolerance each person has. In my case some areas were more painful than others. But it is different for each person.

Are there any side effects?

For some patients it may be muscle soreness and for others there might be some skin bruising. For others, the muscle pain might last a little longer than other.

At the end of the day, you should choose the option you want according to your needs as a patient. There is a saying that says, all ways lead to Rome, and that means that you have many options to choose from which means there are many ways to fix the sports related injury you might have. Anyways, of you are ever around Bergen County and need physical therapy in Paramus then I completely recommend EDGE physical therapy sports medicine.


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