Dry Needling

October 19, 2021 2:12 pm Published by

MRHC is proud to offer dry needling at the MRHC Outpatient Rehabilitation Center located at 1001 South Harper Road, Corinth, MS. Our team of professionals is ready to get you back to feeling great again! Call 662.287.1400 for more information.

What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is a minimally invasive procedure where a thin, monofilament needle is inserted into the skin and down into the muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point is a painful taut band (knot) in a muscle that is hyperirritable and painful to the touch. Myofascial trigger points often refer pain to other areas of the body and can cause musculoskeletal dysfunction. Once the needle “hits” the trigger point, it will elicit a localized twitch response, which is the trigger point releasing, and a biomechanical change happens – which reduces pain and restores function.

Is Dry Needling Similar to Acupuncture?

While there are many similarities to acupuncture, the Dry Needling practiced here at MRHC is not acupuncture, as none of our therapists are licensed Acupuncturists. In Mississippi, Dry Needling also falls within the scope of Physical Therapists as well as Acupuncturists and is based strictly on Western Medical Principles and research

What Conditions Can Be Treated with Dry Needling?

Dry needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions or post-op pain. Muscles are thought to be a primary contributing factor to the symptoms. Such conditions include, but are not limited to neck, back and shoulder pain, arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow), headache to include migraines and tension type headaches, jaw pain, buttock pain and leg pain (sciatica, hamstrings strains, calf tightness/spasms) and plantar fasciitis.

How Does Dry Needling Work?

The exact scientific mechanisms of Dry Needling are not yet known, but there are many mechanical and biochemical effects. Based on the groundbreaking research by Dr. Jay Shah and his colleagues at the National Institutes of Health, we know that inserting a needle into myofascial trigger points can cause favorable responses which assists in reducing pain.

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