Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

The American Physical Therapy Association states that Dry Needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. At On Track Physical Therapy (Ann Arbor, Mi) we focus on identifying and treating muscle tissue dysfunction which relates to your overall movement and painful problems. Dry Needling is not acupuncture, and its intended purpose is not to restore "Flow of Energy" or place needles along meridians. 

What Dry Needling Provides

Our bodies deal with stress on a daily basis (be it your job , competing in sports, yard work, etc) which can cause the muscles to stay constantly hyperactive. Muscular stress diminishes blood flow creating a state of hypoxia in the tissue which causes additional pain and inflammation within the body. Pain and inflammation can spread to other areas of the body through compensation without effective treatment and stress management. Dry Needling helps to increase blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients to areas with inflammation, pain, or injury. 

Dry Needling Treatments

A number of different ailments which could benefit from dry needling include the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Hip, Knee, and Ankle Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Neck Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post Surgery Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Pain
  • Shoulder, Arm, and Hand Pain
  • Spinal Stenosis and Sciatica Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Spurs
  • Tendonitis
  • TMJ Pain

What to Expect

To determine the right treatment, schedule an appointment to meet with our Physical Therapist. We will discuss your medical history and help you determine what is the best treatment method and what you can expect with each treatment. Treatment frequency will be determined based on your individual needs.

Dry Needling is a painless procedure and the needles are left on the body for a varied amount of time, 10 seconds to 15 minutes. You can trust On Track Physical Therapy to also provide different treatment methods to improve your overall well-being.