Physical Therapy Tucson: Dry Needling

Written for Bodycentral Physical Therapy

Dry needling in Physical Therapy Tucson has become popular as the media is showing more high profile athletes using this intervention to help reduce pain and promote healthy tissue. Dry needling is performed by a physical therapy who has undergone training through a rigorous course to show effective and safe ways. Dry needling provides patients with relief from injuries, promotes healthy tissue and can provide people of all ages and activity levels improved function and performance. It is one of the many interventions that physical therapists can use to help assist people in returning to full function. Call 520-325-4002 or visit

Physical Therapy Tucson and Body Central both have many individuals who have undergone the course work necessary to perform this intervention and it is highly recommended by many as an intervention option. After many hours of both lecture and lab, clinicians are able to use acupuncture needles of varying sizes to reach muscles and soft tissues which may not easily be reached by other means such as manual therapy. Once the needles are inserted, varying techniques can be used by the therapist to effect the needle placement and mobilize the tissue to decrease the symptoms that the patient may be feeling. Afterwards, the patient is encouraged to use the tissue that was needled to see what improvements may have been made with this intervention.

Dry needling can be used for a number of reasons including pain modulation, to turn on a muscle, to turn off a muscle and to decrease scar tissue adhesion. Many times the use of electrical stimulation will be incorporated into treatment for even more beneficial results at the therapist’s discretion. Many patients are able to participate in dry needling but occasionally there are times when it is not appropriate. Cancerous tissue, poor skin quality, lesions or rashes, and severe scoliosis are all contraindications for this treatment although other treatment options are still very effective. Please consult a certified dry needling therapist to see if you would be a good candidate for this treatment style.

Interestingly enough, although dry needling is performed in only specific parts of the body using acupuncture size needles, it is not uncommon to see systemic effects from this treatment. Sweating, nausea, fatigue, energy, and emotion all can be outcomes with this technique and the therapist will be able to respond accordingly if any of these symptoms occur during treatment. It is important the the patient discusses these changes to the therapist as they are able to change the dosage of the treatment including the length of the needle, the number of needles used and the frequency of the dry needling treatment. All of these will come together to get the best outcome possible for the patient.

Physical Therapy Tucson has many interventions for people with varying diagnoses and dry needling should be considered as an intervention option for many of them. Body Central has therapists who can dry needle at all of their locations so please call to set up an appointment today to see how we can decrease your pain and improve your function. Call 520-325-4002 or visit