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How Does Dry Needling Benefit You?

How does dry needling benefit you?  Dry needling physical therapy is a pain-relieving method offered by physiotherapists. Although it is recommended that this method be combined with other treatment plans to gain optimum benefits, dry needling is applied without employing other methods. It is a thin needle placed within distressed areas of the body for the result of relieving pain.


The therapist’s main concentration is the tight muscle area of injury. The goal is to trigger the body into a reaction creating natural responses from the body that will relieve the patient of pain. One such response includes the activation and release of endogenous opioids during the process of deep dry needling therapy.

The specific area treated by this dry needling physical therapy is the connective tissue between muscles. They become torn, overstretched, and weak during an injury requiring mended services. Using dry needle therapy for this ailment allows the physio therapist to enter areas that bare hands are unable to reach. As with the sports massage treatment and its ability to relax and restore the body to a better position after injury, so to the dry needle method.


Dry Needling Effectiveness

Dry needling effectiveness can be measured by its ability to provoke the body into using its natural resources for healing. The goal is to activate natural responses within the body creating a reversal or minimization of pain while encouraging the body to release natural fluids that will assist in the body’s relief from pain. With the decrease of this muscle pain, the patient has received the ability to move the limb of the injured area without complication experienced prior to the treatment.

This method of pain relief is respected within the offices of physio therapists and chiropractors alike. The results of dry needling allow the patient use of motion or limb previously unavailable due to pain. Although the pain is a part of the process of healing, inactivating the pain does aid in the patient returning to their normal daily functions even while the area is still healing.



Dry needling is a tool used to assist the patient in returning its body to an optimum healthy state. Other methods for improving the patient’s physical ability while in recovery include exercise and stretching. The patient’s area of injury and degree of damage determine which regiment of exercise is compatible. Dry needling would never be the sole method of physical therapy on the road to recovery. One of the advantages of dry needling is the ability to move a troubled area once the pain has been reduced or removed. With this ability even though still injured, the patient can begin to rehabilitate the troubled area with prescribed movement.

This method is invasive in that the skin is broken by the procedure. There are no medications associated with the method of dry needling. The needle is thin and the only discomfort associated with its presence is the injured area highlighted for this procedure.

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