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Dry Needling (DN), also known as intramuscular Manual Therapy (IMT) and Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN), is a procedure that uses threadlike needles to help relieve muscle pain. This is not acupuncture.
How it works
DN relaxes muscle spasms by deactivating trigger points in muscles and the connective tissue that surrounds them. Patients typically report immediate pain relief that can last anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks, allowing normal muscle function to be restored.
It is not uncommon for the treatment to produce soreness that could last several days. However, the relief experienced often far outweighs any discomfort.
Conditions that benefit from Dry Needling
Low back and neck pain, including radiculopathy
Shoulder and arm pain, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, impingement
Hip and leg pain, sciatica, muscle strain, calf-tightness/spasm
Foot and ankle sprain, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis
Headache, face and jaw pain
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