Have you recently started experiencing lower back pain and have tried stretching and different exercises at the gym, but it has not seemed to help at all? There may be alternative treatment options that can be performed by a physical therapist that can help.
There are a variety of treatment options available in physical therapy that may be appropriate for relieving your lower back pain. One treatment option that may help is dry needling, which can be used to help treat lower back pain as well as various other ailments throughout the body. The American Physical Therapy Association defines dry needling as 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. The target areas for dry needling are trigger points, which are hyper-irritable taut bands of skeletal muscle located throughout the body. These areas can be painful to the touch and potentially cause pain referral to other parts of the body. Dry needling can be performed with the goal of decreasing myofascial pain / tension, improving range of motion, increasing blood flow, and restoring function. Schedule an appointment with Choice Therapy today and your therapist will help you determine if dry needling is an appropriate treatment option for you!
Brady Miller – Physical Therapist