Two FAQs answered about dry needle therapy in Franklin, WI

Dry Needle Therapy

Dry needle therapy is being used more and more frequently by physical therapists in Franklin, Wisconsin. This therapy is also called dry needling. It’s often confused with the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture, but the two are not the same. Dry needling is based on modern Western medical research. However, this treatment does use the same thin needles people associate with acupuncture. There are many frequently asked questions about this procedure, and here are the answers to two of the most frequently asked. 

What conditions can dry needle therapy treat?

One common question patients have when they hear about dry needling is, “What can it treat?” The answer is that this technique can be used to treat two symptoms many conditions have. 

Muscle tension is one symptom dry needling can treat, and it’s especially effective at releasing tension built up in specific areas of your muscles. These areas are called trigger points, and they’re typically created when people attempt to hold a part of the body still to reduce pain or from poor movement patterns.

 

By helping to release muscle tension in trigger points, dry needling can also help reduce pain. Treating these two symptoms makes this technique helpful when treating issues like back and neck pain, arthritis and sports injuries. 

What benefits does dry needle therapy offer?

By reading through the previous section, you may have noticed two of the benefits dry needling is intended to offer. One of these is that it’s designed to decrease muscle tension, and it’s intended to do this in muscles and other soft tissue that can’t be reached using other therapy methods. The other benefit that has already been mentioned is that the technique can help to reduce pain. 

However, there are other benefits dry needling may offer. For example, the technique can help improve blood flow to specific areas of the body. This helps bring in more oxygen and nutrients, which can help reduce the time it takes to recover from injuries. It can also help improve the range of motion in stiff joints and muscles, and this can increase your overall ability to move. Most importantly, dry needling can be used together with other techniques to get you back to doing normal daily activities. 

Check out Franklin Rehabilitation for great dry needle therapy in Franklin, WI

Franklin Rehabilitation is proud to offer dry needling to the residents of Franklin. However, our team also offers other physical therapy techniques that can help treat your pain. Some of the techniques we use include: 

  • Electrical stimulation
  • Manual therapy
  • Therapeutic stretches
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Movement retraining
  • Low-impact cardio

Take the next step to reduce your pain. Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an appointment.