Dry Needling: An overview of benefits and risks for chronic pelvic pain patients
Dry needling, also called Intramuscular Manual Therapy, is a treatment technique recognized by the state licensing board in 33 states to be within the scope of practice for physical therapists. It was first cited over 25 years ago but has picked up in popularity in just the last 5 years. It involves a solid needle similar in diameter to an acupuncture needle that is inserted into tissues for the purposes of managing pain and/or dysfunction. This is typically achieved through placing the needle in a muscle trigger point but could also include targeted areas of tendons, ligaments, scar tissue, and peripheral nerves.
Based on current research and clinical success, dry needling is generally thought to be effective in offering relief for a variety of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. There are several theories as to how exactly dry needling causes the relief of pain. It could be that several of these theories are interconnected and working together.
Though dry needling offers an avenue for pain management, several cautions should be noted if you are considering this line of treatment.
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