What Is Dry Needling?

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November 20, 2022
Dr. Kolter Warner

Dry needling involves the insertion of very fine needles into myofascial trigger points, or painful knots in muscles, that limit range of motion, cause local tenderness, and/or refer pain to other areas.

Dry needling is NOT acupuncture of traditional Chinese medicine, that is, it does not have the purpose of altering the flow of energy (chi) along traditional Chinese meridians for the treatment of diseases. In fact, dry needling is a modern, science−based intervention for the treatment of pain and dysfunction in various musculoskeletal conditions.

Who Performs Dry Needling?

A highly skilled and trained physical therapist certified in the procedure. At Warner Therapy Services, this is Dr. Kolter Warner, PT, DPT, CMTPT/DN.

How Does Dry Needling Work?

Dry needling stimulates a healing response via increased blood flow & other biochemical changes within the muscle. The healing response reduces muscle activity allowing relaxation & decrease in pain and dysfunction. The decrease in pain is related to the removal of muscular compression on joint, nerve, & vascular tissues.

What Conditions Are Treated?

Muscle dysfunction can be a primary or secondary contributing factor of many musculoskeletal conditions. Thus, dry needling can benefit anyone suffering from a wide variety of issues including, but not limited to:

> Neck Pain

> Hip & Gluteal Pain

> Low Back Pain

> Sciatica

> Headaches

> Shoulder Pain

> Tennis Elbow

> Jaw Pain

> Knee Pain

> Achilles Tendonitis

> Plantar Fasciitis

> Chronic Pain


What To Expect After Treatment?

After treatment, patients generally experience improvement in their symptoms including decreased pain, increased range of motion and flexibility. Patients may also experience some soreness and/or possible bruising associated with the treated areas. This soreness may begin in a few hours or even the next day, but typically does not last for more than 24-48 hours.

Please reach out to us with any additional questions!

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