Understanding the Practice of Dry Needling

Understanding the Practice of Dry Needling

As part of our pain management services in Harker Heights, TX

In addition to our traditional pain management services, Bellah Therapies LLC also offers dry needling services. This new technique involves inserting thin, filiform needles into the skin, stimulating the underlying myofascial trigger points. A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch, and touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body.

Activating trigger points stimulates the descending pain inhibitory systems or cortical areas of the brain that are involved in pain control. Dry needling results in the deepest tissue release possible, allowing for improvements in movement and pain.

To try dry needling, contact our physical therapy clinic in Harker Heights, TX today.

Does dry needling really help?

Dry needling has been compared to acupuncture, the traditional Chinese practice. However, dry needling is based on western medical principals and research. Dry needling has been shown to alleviate:

  • Joint problems
  • Disk problems
  • Tendinitis
  • Migraine and tension-type headaches
  • Jaw and mouth problems (such as TMJ or TMD)
  • Whiplash
    Repetitive motion disorders (like carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Spinal problems
  • Pelvic pain
  • Night cramps
  • Phantom pain

When included in your orthopedic care plan, dry needling can be as effective as other pain management services. Visit our physical therapy clinic in Harker Heights, TX to try it for yourself. Individual results may vary.