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Dry Needling and its Use in Health Care A Treatment Modality and Adjunct for Pain Management

Woehrle J*, Roman G and Russell BE
Department of Physical Therapy, Midwestern University, USA
Corresponding Author : Judith Woehrle J
Associate Professor
Midwestern University 19555 N 59th Avenue
Glendale AZ 85308, USA
623-572- 3921
[email protected]
Received July 16, 2015; Accepted August 06, 2015; Published August 10, 2015
Citation:Woehrle J, Roman G, Russell BE (2015) Dry Needling and its Use in Health Care – A Treatment Modality and Adjunct for Pain Management. J Pain Relief 4:194. doi:10.4172/21670846.1000194
Copyright: ©2015 Woehrle J, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Dry needling is used by medical professionals throughout the United States to treat pain and to help patients improve quality of life. There are noninvasive mechanisms that are used to treat pain such as heat and cold application, other thermal or electrical modalities, stretching to soft tissue, or manual therapy. Dry needling is a mechanism that is used to treat muscle trigger points that refer pain to areas within the body. Trigger points can cause irritation to skeletal muscle or fascia and affect function. Dry needling is used to reduce pain by achieving a local twitch response to release muscle tension, normalize electrical dysfunction of the motor end plates, and assist with return to activities or rehabilitation. There are many modalities available for pain management and dry needling is one of many used to target soft tissue and manage pain. Using a multimodal approach is an effective method of treatment to consider for many musculoskeletal or neuromuscular conditions.