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Dry Needling in Maryland for Faster Recovery

Chesapeake Bay Aquatic & Physical Therapy is now offering dry needling for pain management and other impairments in several of our Maryland locations. If you would like further info on dry needling or to set up an appointment for this particular treatment, please contact our team.

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What Is Dry Needling?

Dry needling from a trained practitioner involves the use of a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points (groups of muscular and connective tissues) for the management of pain and other impairments. A trigger point is a taut and palpable band in the muscle that causes spot tenderness and radiating pain to the touch. When aggravated, these trigger points in your neck, shoulders, back, and limbs can cause disturbed motor function, restricted range of motion, muscle weakness and inhibition, muscle stiffness, local tenderness, and chronic pain.

Dry needling treatments usually last for less than half an hour in our office. We will use either the in-and-out technique to repeatedly target the trigger point with short pricks or the non-trigger point method of inserting the filiform needle in a pattern around the myofascial trigger point for a few minutes to encourage the connected muscles and tissues in the area to relax.

Does Dry Needling Hurt?

Even if needles at the doctor’s office make you weak in the knees, dry needling is still a possible treatment option for you. The tiny needles are much smaller than anything used for a shot or to draw blood, so there is no pain or bleeding. In fact, the effect is usually quite the opposite; our clients aren’t even aware of the needling process while they lie on a massage table, and only begin to feel more and more relaxed as their muscles respond to the trigger point release and slowly loosen.

Who Can Benefit From Dry Needling Therapy?

Dry needling can help to address pain from injury, sports, or repetitive sitting and typing motions at work, improving muscle function and flexibility for increased capacity for physical activity. Based on your personal health goals and pain levels, our dry needling practitioners can needle a number of parts of the body in your treatment session, including the neck, shoulder, elbow, forearm, lower back, calves, buttocks, hips, and knees.

If the idea of needling makes you curious or even uncomfortable, please contact one of our Chesapeake Bay Aquatic & Physical Therapy clinics, in Maryland. to talk to a physical therapist. We can answer your questions or suggest alternative treatment forms to help you eliminate pain.

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