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Dry Needling

Here at Garner Pelvic Health in Greensboro, we offer dry needling. Dry needling is a therapeutic technique used in physical therapy to address musculoskeletal pain, dysfunction, and movement impairments. It’s important to note that dry needling alone is not a comprehensive treatment. It is usually a TOOL or ADJUNCT that happens in addition to other therapies.

Here at Garner Pelvic Health, we use dry needling for these reasons:

  • Orofacial Dry Needling for the Voice to Pelvic Floor Connection, the TMJ and Spine  
  • Spine Dry Needling 
  • Dry Needling with Electrical Stimulation – for muscle recruitment and/or relaxation 
  • Pelvic Floor Dry Needling 

It’s important to note that dry needling should only be performed by licensed and trained healthcare professionals, such as physical therapists or physicians, who have specific advanced training in this technique. All of our therapists at GPH have this training. The decision to incorporate dry needling into a physical therapy plan should be made in consultation with the healthcare provider based on the individual’s needs and condition.

Here are several ways in which dry needling can be helpful in physical therapy:

Complementary to other Physical Therapy & FILM 

We use Functional, Integrative, and Lifestyle Medicine treatments (FILM) in our office. Dry needling is often used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that may include other physical therapy interventions such as exercises, manual therapy, and stretching. It complements these therapies by targeting specific areas of muscle dysfunction.

Scar Mobility & Fascial Response

Dry needling can improve scar mobility, appearance, and fascial response through using advanced techniques known as feathering or fascial needling. Fascial mobility and response that changes can influence and improve muscle contractility and recruitment, which can accelerate recovery from injury and/or surgery. 

Trigger Point Release

Dry needling targets trigger points, which are tight knots within muscles that can cause pain and restricted movement. By inserting needles into these trigger points, the therapist aims to release tension and promote muscle relaxation.

Pain Relief

The insertion of needles into trigger points stimulates the nervous system and promotes the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. This can lead to pain relief and improved comfort for individuals experiencing musculoskeletal pain.

Improved Range of Motion

Dry needling can help improve joint and muscle mobility by releasing tightness and restrictions. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with conditions characterized by muscle tightness or stiffness.

Muscle Function Improvement

For muscles affected by dysfunction, weakness, or imbalances, dry needling can be used to stimulate and activate specific muscle fibers. This can contribute to improved muscle function and coordination.

Enhanced Blood Flow

The insertion of needles increases blood flow to the targeted areas. Improved blood circulation helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to tissues, promoting healing and recovery.

Reduction of Muscle Spasms

Dry needling can be effective in reducing muscle spasms and involuntary muscle contractions. By addressing the underlying neuromuscular issues, it helps relax overactive muscles.

Release of Myofascial Restrictions

Dry needling can be used to release myofascial restrictions, addressing tightness in the connective tissue (fascia) that surrounds and supports muscles. This promotes improved tissue flexibility and mobility.

Accelerated Healing

The microtrauma caused by needle insertion stimulates the body’s natural healing response. This can lead to increased collagen production, tissue repair, and a quicker recovery from musculoskeletal injuries.

Individualized Treatment

Dry needling is often tailored to the individual’s specific condition, addressing the unique aspects of their musculoskeletal issues. Physical therapists assess the patient’s symptoms and design a personalized treatment plan.

Contact Us Today For An Appointment

If you are looking for a clinic in Greensboro, NC for dry needling, please contact us today. You can schedule with one of our clinicians for this service. We look forward to working with you.