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Bethesda Physical Therapy has a new feautured service! We're offering Functional Dry Needling®. Dry Needling (DN) is used to treat dysfunction in the musclar system. We use this to relieve spasm, pain and tightness.


What is Dry Needling (DN)?

Dry needling (DN) is a therapy technique a physical therapist will use to treat a wide variety of ailments. This can include dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissue, and, diminish persistent peripheral nociceptive input, and reduce or restore impairments of body structure and function leading to improved activity, healing response, and participation.

Dry needling offers an alternative treatment option for pain relief and improved muscle movement. Also known as trigger point dry needling or intramuscular manual therapy, the treatment uses a dry needle — a needle without medicine — to deactivate trigger points in your muscle.

How Does Functional Dry Needling® work?

As stated by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), "Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments."

What Are Trigger Points?

Trigger points are sensitive spots within a muscle that can be tender to touch. They can form after an injury or overuse of your muscles. Touching an active trigger point can refer pain to other parts of your body. Our physical therapists use dry needing to relax your trigger points and reduce pain.