The main goal of dry needling is to alleviate trigger points and myofascial adhesions along with decreasing muscle cramping. This aids in restoring overall range of motion, flexibility, and decreasing pain. The doctor places a very small and thin stainless steel filiform needle into trigger points, otherwise known as knots or tight areas, they have palpated in the muscle. The needles are commonly left in the trigger point for about 10 minutes although a little more or less is also fine. A patient should expect an almost immediate reduction of pain where the dry needling was performed but they also might notice some slight soreness or bruising over the area that typically only lasts a very short time.
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