Mettler Therapy now performs functional dry needling for the treatment of chronic and acute muscle pain.
What is it?
Dry needling is a adjunct intervention performed by a skilled therapist who uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate trigger points for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.
Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture
While both use needles, dry needling is not related to acupuncture in any way. Whereas acupuncture uses needles to move energy channels, dry needling targets and treats specific muscles to improve functional movement.
What are the benefits?
Results are immediate with patients seeing improvement in range of motion and decreased pain. The release of trigger points allows for regaining of quality movement patterns, thus decreasing overuse and stress in specific muscle tissue.
Functional dry needing is an effective treatment for low back, neck and shoulder pain, repetitive strain, tendinitis, and many other conditions.
Is it painful?
At first glance this treatment seems intimidating and painful, however most patients who have received this treatment report experiencing minimal to no pain. Moderate muscle soreness can be expected afterwards which dissipates in 1 to 2 days.