Quincy Physical Therapy is among the very few clinics in the region currently certified to perform Dry Needling. This is a treatment technique that uses small filament type needles (acupuncture needles) to release tight muscles with the goal of permanently reducing muscle pain and dysfunction. This technique has been extremely beneficial for patient’s experiencing muscle tightness including chronic tension headaches and has had many patients have complete elimination of their symptoms.
Conditions currently treated with Dry Needling:
- Low Back Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Muscle Spasms
- Sciatic Pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Hip/knee/ankle Pain
- Sports Injuries
The aim of Dry Needling is to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and pain. Dry needling is an effective treatment for chronic pain of neuropathic origin with very few side effects. The needle used is very thin and most subjects do not even feel it penetrate the skin. A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of this needle. However if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the subject will feel a sensation like a muscle cramp ‘the twitch response’. The patient also may feel a reproduction of “their” pain which is a helpful diagnostic indicator for the practitioner attempting to diagnose the cause of the patients symptoms. Patients soon learn to recognize and even welcome this sensation as it results in deactivating the trigger point, reducing pain and restoring normal length function to the involved muscle.
If you would like to learn more about dry needling before coming into Quincy Physical Therapy, give us a call at 617-481-2000 and ask to speak to a therapist regarding your symptoms or condition. You can also schedule a discovery session to learn more in person as well without committing to starting therapy.