Pain-Free This Season: Dry Needling

Written by: Dr. Riley Barrett, PT, DPT

We’ve said it before but dry needling is for EVERYONE! Yes, we can make the case for athletes or why dry needling is a great solution for the holidays but ultimately it can benefit a variety of conditions.

Back pain? Limited range of motion? Tendonitis? Headaches? You name it, dry needling can be a great treatment option, but what is it exactly?

Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use to treat myofascial pain. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points. 

You might be thinking this sounds a lot like acupuncture… BUT dry needling is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Instead dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles and supported by research.

We are NesinFIT so let’s talk about this from an athletic perspective… 

Think about an athlete who strains their muscle while strenuously training for their next PR. They’re coming to us for treatment, and we’d like to utilize dry needling to see if that helps improve their pain and symptoms. Sure, it might take some conversation since needles are involved but low and behold it’s just what they needed to allow them to jump start or continue their training!

Now there’s definitely a chance of soreness afterwards, but like we tell our patients this technique is fast acting and the benefit often comes into play about 24-48 hours afterwards. Music to our ears especially during the holiday season!

If you’ve been wondering if we offer dry needling or curious about whether or not it can help you, give one of our locations a call today and get on our schedule! 

NesinFIT @ Lincoln Mill: 256.489.1100

NesinFIT @ Madison: 256.461.9654

Denice H,
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I just finished my physical therapy with NesinFit. I cannot say enough to express how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to work on improving my physical fitness and mobility with their wonderful staff. My main therapist Jonathan was amazing! So knowledgeable and patient, he not only helped me to progress during my sessions, he gave me things to do at home to keep the improvements going! I would recommend NesinFit to anyone needing Physical Therapy!!
Brian P.
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My experience with the NesinFIT team has been great. Jonathan and Amanda are experts in their field. They developed a plan specific to my injuries and goals. I've had experiences in the past with doctors that told me to stop squatting or deadlfiting. This is not the NesinFIT approach. They work to address the issues instead of ignoring them so you can't get back to the activities you love without pain. Couldn't recommend them more.
Braden B.
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Highly recommend Nesin and NesinFit! I recently suffered a serious hamstring tear and could barely walk when I first came in. Working with Johnathan was awesome! Not only am I fully recovered, but I’m leaving stronger than when I came in. All of the staff and therapist are super friendly, professional, and easy to work with.