Dry needling is a powerful manual therapy technique used to treat pain, improve range of motion or improve motor function. Dry needling uses acupuncture needles inserted into muscles, but is rooted in modern pain-science. Dry needling works by essentially “re-setting” the central nervous system. Changes are observed at the dorsal root ganglia of the spinal cord where pain information is first synthesized from the peripheral nerves before being relayed to the brain. Changes in brain activity, particularly the motor cortex which controls specific muscle movement and control, are also seen in fMRI studies post needling.
At Ability PT, we have trained therapists able to perform dry needling on all regions of the body including shoulder, low back, thoracic spine, cervical spine, arms, legs, feet, hands, and even face and pelvic floor.