Dry needling is a technique for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. The technique uses a needle inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle.
What is a Trigger Point?
A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch. Touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body.
What Kind of Needles Are Used?
Dry needling involves a thin filiform needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues. The needle allows a physical therapist to target tissues that are not manually palpable.
Why Dry Needling?
In cases when dry needling is used by physical therapists, it is typically just one technique that's part of a larger treatment plan. Physical therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Dry needling can help improve pain control, reduce muscle tension, and normalize dysfunctions at the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up the patient's return to active rehabilitation.
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Athletic taping is the process of applying tape directly to the skin in order to maintain a stable position of bones and muscles during athletic activity. It is a procedure that uses tape, attached to the skin, to physically keep in place muscles or bones at a certain position. This reduces pain and aids recovery. Taping is usually used to help recover from overuse and other injuries.
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Graston Technique (GT) is a trademarked therapeutic method for diagnosing and treating disorders of the skeletal muscles and related connective tissue. The method was started by
David Graston and employs a collection of six stainless steel instruments of particular shape and size, which are used by practitioners to rub  patients' muscles in order to detect and resolve adhesions in the muscles and tendons. Practitioners must be licensed by the parent corporation (Graston Technique, LLC.) in order to use the Graston Technique trademark or the patented instruments.
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