Dry Needling

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Healing With Dry Needling

If you experience acute or chronic pain, dry needling might be a solution. The procedure involves the insertion of thin, medication-free needles — hence the name “dry” needles — into areas of muscle called trigger points to lessen pain and improve range of motion.

Dry needling can help treat many types of discomfort, including headaches and pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, back and legs.

Good Points

A specially trained physical therapist performs dry needling at CHI St. Joseph’s Health in Park Rapids. The procedure is available as a standalone treatment or as part of a longer physical therapy session.

Prior to treatment, patients undergo a physical exam to determine where to insert the needles and how many to use. The number of dry needling treatments prescribed varies and is based on several factors, including age and whether the pain is acute or chronic.

Importantly, the needles don’t hurt while going through the skin, although some individuals may experience a mild burning sensation or muscle twitching. Dry needling is a great tool for improving acute or chronic conditions as part of a physical therapy program.

If you feel Dry Needling might be beneficial to you, call 218.616.3005.

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