Dry Needling in Physical Therapy Tucson

This article has been written for BodyCentral Physical Therapy.

This article is not designed for treatment purposes; it has been written to help patients find us.  Please contact BodyCentral Physical Therapy at (520)325-4002 to schedule an appointment today.

If you are in need of dry needling when participating in Physical Therapy Tucson, BodyCentral Physical Therapy is the place to go.  Dry needling is the practice of inserting thin monofilament needles into muscles or other soft tissue structures to promote tissue healing.  You can achieve neuromuscular benefits through the utilization of this technique.  Although this practice uses the same needles as acupuncture and there are some similarities, dry needling is based primarily on physiology and Western medicine principals and is not considered acupuncture.

There are many positive outcomes that patients may experience with the technique of dry needling.  Some of these include decreased pain, improvements in range of motion, decreased muscle tension, decreased swelling, and feeling energized.  However, there are also several risks or potential negative side effects including muscle soreness, minor bleeding, bruising, and paresthesia (numbness or tingling).  There are also rare complications, including a pneumothorax or infection, however many safety measures are taken to prevent these complications to the best of our ability.  Although safety measures are taken to prevent these complications, please be sure to contact your doctor immediately or seek immediate care at an emergency room if you experience shortness of breath, pain in the chest, or any signs of infection following a treatment.

There are several precautions or contraindications to participating in this technique.  If you are pregnant you should not have certain body regions needled unless your clinician has advanced training with this population.  Patients with a true fear of needles should not participate in this technique.  Those who have cancer in the area of treatment should not be needled in that area.  If a patient has any type of bleeding or clotting disorder, dry needling is contraindicated.  Additionally, if you have a metal allergy, dry needling may be contraindicated.  If you fall into any of these categories, be sure to discuss it with your therapist.

BodyCentral Physical Therapy Tucson offers this technique at all of our clinics, with many patients experiencing positive outcomes.  We have one to several practitioners at all of our locations that have had training in dry needling and are currently practicing while incorporating this technique as appropriate.   Our therapists use dry needling to treat a variety of ailments, including neck pain, headaches, ankle pain and mobility, wrist pain and mobility, medial or lateral epicondylitis, patellar tendonitis, and many more.

If you are interested in learning more information about this treatment, please ask your therapist to further explain the risks and benefits to help determine if this would be an appropriate treatment for you either now or at some point in the future.  If you are not currently a patient and are interested in learning more about this technique, please contact BodyCentral Physical Therapy to set up a free consult at any of our locations at (520)325-4002.  Be sure to mention dry needling specifically so we can set up your appointment with one of our therapists who has gone through the appropriate training to ensure your safety should this technique be performed.