Muscle knots, or myofascial trigger points, commonly cause pain and discomfort. These knots are usually the result of muscle overuse or injury and can often be challenging to treat. Dry needling therapy by Physical Therapy by Phoenix in Wichita is an effective treatment option for muscle knots. The treatment involves inserting a thin needle into the muscle knot, which releases the tension and relaxes the muscle.
How Does Dry Needling Work?
A muscle knot is a small, complex, sensitive area of the muscle that often feels like a spasm or cramp. When the therapist inserts the needle into the muscle knot, the body responds by releasing chemicals that help to break up the knot and relieve the muscle tension. The immune system’s response also helps increase blood flow to the area, which speeds up the healing process.
The needle used in dry needling is fragile, so there is no risk of puncturing the skin. After the insertion of the needle, the physical therapist will manipulate it until the muscle knot is released. Physical Therapy by Phoenix physical therapists are highly trained to use dry needling to treat muscle knots.
Is Dry Needling an Approved Form of Treatment?
Yes, dry needling is an approved form of treatment by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The APTA defines dry needling as “a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin.” The needle stimulates the underlying myofascial trigger points and connective tissues to manage neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.
Is Dry Needling Painful?
Dry needling is not a painful treatment, but some patients may feel a brief sensation in the muscle. The sensation is often described as a “twitch” or “cramp” and lasts only a few seconds. Some people may experience mild soreness at the needle site, which usually goes away within a day or two.
How is Dry Needling Different from Acupuncture?
Dry needling therapy in Wichita is a more specific treatment than acupuncture. Acupuncture believes that there are energy channels (or meridians) in the body and that inserting needles into these points can improve energy flow. In dry needling, muscle knots are treated using needles. Thus, the technique treats localized areas of pain rather than the entire body.
What Conditions Can Be Through Dry Needling?
Wichita’s Physical Therapy by Phoenix Therapists use dry needling to treat:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Sports injuries
- Arthritis pain
- Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ)
Individuals who have not responded much to other treatment forms, such as chiropractic care, may find dry needling an effective treatment option.
What Are the Benefits of Choosing Dry Needling Therapy?
There are many benefits of dry needling, including:
- Quick relief from pain
- Reduced need for pain medication
- Increased ease and range of motion
- Improved tissue quality
- Lowered risk of developing chronic pain
Physical Therapy by Phoenix dry needling treatment gives long-lasting results and may be used in conjunction with other forms of therapy too. It is easy, quick, and convenient.
Book Your Appointment with Physical Therapy by Phoenix!
When you come to the Physical Therapy by Phoenix clinic for a dry needling session, you will be seen by one of our highly trained and experienced physical therapists. You can relax comfortably while our highly trained therapists review your problem area. Throughout the treatment, our therapist will check in with you to ensure that you are comfortable and that they place the needles appropriately.
Please call Physical Therapy by Phoenix in Wichita today and book an appointment or learn more about the therapy.