Leaders in on-site Physical Therapy (PT)/Occupational Therapy (OT).
Dry needling in modern, science-based intervention used to treat pain and dysfunction of musculoskeletal conditions. It is a form of therapy in which a solid filament needle is inserted into myofascial trigger points (painful knots in muscles), tendons, ligaments, or near nerves to help stimulate a healing response in painful musculoskeletal conditions. Dry needling has been shown to decrease muscle tension and improve range of motion.
Although the same needles used for dry needling are used for acupuncture, it should be noted that the technique used for dry needling is not the same as acupuncture. Dry needling is not based on Traditional Chinese Medicine and does not aim to alter the flow of energy (Qi) along the traditional Chinese meridians for the treatment of diseases. Physical therapists at RIOW are not licensed acupuncturists and do not practice acupuncture. Dry needling, when combined with traditional physical therapy, is used to help treat musculoskeletal conditions, such as: