How does it work?
Dry-needling is a technique used to treat myofascial pain syndrome, which results from a range of injuries and diagnoses. This treatment uses a filiform needle which inserts through the skin and into the muscle where pain exists. When this releases the knots, mobility and function increase, which then leads to less pain. The APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) includes a discussion from therapists on the benefits, testimonies from patients, research, and even opposing views on dry-needling. In their informative article, they quote and reflect the perspective of the therapists that utilize dry-needling because “PTs who do dry needling love it, swear by it, and are very passionate about it.”
In a study done by the Department of Sports Medicine and the Center of Rehabilitation in Shanghai, China, they investigated the potential benefits that dry needling created in patients with lower back pain (LBP). Through practice and analysis of this technique, they came to the conclusion that dry needling could treat and eliminate LBP especially when combined with other interventions by the trained therapist. While the benefits remain steady, the study does in fact recognize that dry needling still requires more research to draw even clearer conclusions.
The Journal of Research in Medical Sciences contains another study done to understand dry needling’s impact on treating LBP, and with similar results to the previous study mentioned. What should interest the reader is that all of the patients in this study not only found pain relief, but their relief lasted 2 months following the intervention.
Acquainting oneself with the research and science behind it, and establishing a relationship with the trained therapist could be the difference between chronic pain and pain relief. To find out if this practice may be right for you, feel free to contact us, Mid-County Physical Therapy on the details behind it.