The skinny on dry needling and how it could help improve your condition

Advanced Rehab Solutions in Springfield, NJ, is pleased to announce that one of our physical therapists, DeAnna Pasciuto, PT is now certified in the practice of dry needling.  If you’re not quite sure what dry needling is or how it can possibly apply to treating your condition, then keep reading for a breakdown of this effective technique used for an array of physical issues.

For starters, dry needling is fairly similar to traditional Chinese acupuncture, as they both use a process that inserts the same type of thin filament needles into muscles.  Dry needling, however, requires a different type of intensive training and is not used holistically to treat imbalances in the body, like acupuncture.  Instead, dry needling is usually used in a physical therapy practice for musculoskeletal purposes, and the goal is to “reset” an affected muscle, which will reduce pain and restore its normal function.

This therapeutic treatment procedure is considered to be effective for both acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injuries, and injury prevention, with minimal side effects.  Here’s how it works:

  • A thin needle is inserted into a muscle; healthy muscles will produce little discomfort while sensitive ones will react with a muscle cramp-like pain due to trigger points, or hyper-irritated muscle tissue
  • With a needle placed in a trigger point, a “twitch response” will arise, which is similar to the pain the patient normally experiences in that area
  • This pain sensation usually indicates effective treatment, and will deactivate the trigger point
  • Deactivating the trigger point will in turn “reset” that muscle, reducing pain and restoring its normal length and function
  • Positive outcomes are normally noticed within 2-4 treatment sessions

Physical therapists like DeAnna utilize dry needing as an additional tool in their repertoire with certain advantages over some other treatments.  In each case, we educate patients on what dry needling entails and then discuss whether or not it’s an appropriate treatment for you, which will vary between each patient.

If you are interested in dry needling, or if you have any general muscular aches or pains, visit us at Advanced Rehab Solutions and we’ll create a personalized plan that’s right for you.