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Neuromuscular Dry Needling

The Physical Therapists at #M3PT have studied The Haynes Method of Neuromuscular Dry Needling® - this form of dry needling is not simply about placing needles into muscles or tissues, as dry needling is only a small part in the process of decreasing pain.  To decrease pain in a body system it is first necessary decrease the localized tissue inflammation by determining what the causative issue is.  Overuse, trauma, mechanical issues such as tightness or poor posture, and congenital or degenerative pathology can all be causes of the local tissue inflammation.  

Neuromuscular dry needling starts with that identification, when possible.

The next step is to localize the movement system involved and the specific muscles and tissues that are causing the pain and tenderness.  The protocol used here at #M3PT starts with a minimalist approach and progresses to a larger body area if necessary.    At times, a single location can be reduced in order to decrease the tissue inflammation; in other cases, it is required to needle into associated supporting muscles and structures.


The final steps involve a specific program of flexibility and strengthening.  In most cases the body region has been in a state of neuromuscular tension for an extended period resulting in tightened and weakened tissues.  Dry needling itself can reduce the neuromuscular tension but will only be helpful for a short period of time without a targeted flexibility and strengthening program. 


In short, neuromuscular dry needling focuses on decreasing neuromuscular tension, increasing flexibility and strength in the affected region and ultimately about returning to an active lifestyle.

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