Dry needling is a technique used to treat persistent pain. It is available by physician referral at North Mississippi Medical Center's Outpatient Rehabilitation Center.
Dry needling is performed with a thin filament needle, which stimulates the underlying myofascial trigger points, muscle and soft tissue.
There are some similarities and many differences between dry needling and acupuncture. The most obvious similarity is that both techniques use solid filament needles to penetrate soft tissue. Physical therapists who perform dry needling do not use traditional acupuncture terminology or theories, but base treatment on musculoskeletal findings as well as impaired activities.
Dry needling causes changes in the soft tissue, primarily the muscle contracture or trigger point. Inserting the needle in the trigger point can cause changes that reduce pain. Dry needling decreases certain chemicals in the muscle called "inflammatory mediators."
Dry needling is a safe and effective tool in the hands of a skilled physical therapist. Treatment is delivered with clean technique and under the guidelines of OSHA regulations. Physical therapists who dry needle have a strong background in anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and clinical reasoning skills.
Who Can Benefit
Referral is required from physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant.
The physical therapist providing dry needling is approved by the Mississippi State Board of Physical Therapy.
For More Information
For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call NMMC's Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at (662) 377-7215 or 1-800-THE-DESK (1-800-843-3375).