Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

At On Track Physiotherapy (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. The stimulation provided has also been shown through research to potentially reduce sensitivity of nociceptors which are responsible for detecting threat or harm.

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

Is It Painful?

Many times because the needle is so small in diameter, it's not even felt by the client. For the most part, dry needling is a painless procedure and the needles are left on the body for a varied amount of time. Which could be 10 seconds to 15 minutes. You can trust On Track Physiotherapy to also provide different treatment methods to improve your overall well-being when appropriate.