Dry needling treatment is a technique which involves the insertion of thin monofilament needles by a certified and skilled clinician directly into trigger points (muscle spasms) in order to stimulate a healing response in painful musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. Dry needling is beneficial for anyone suffering from neuromusculoskeletal or myofascial pain and movement impairments. When a muscle or motor unit is inflamed or over-worked, it can become ‘stuck’ in the contracted position. This causes a chronic, self-propagating problem that keeps the muscle tight, taut, and dysfunctional. In addition to causing pain, the muscle will be weaker, less flexible, and increase risk of injury. Dry needling will look to ‘reset’ the muscle spasm and allow it to function normally by restoring its natural chemical and physiological environment.
The term “dry” is indicative of the needle itself; there is no medication or fluid being injected in the body. Acupuncture is derived from Oriental medicine with the purpose of altering the flow of energy (“Qi”) along traditional Chinese meridians for the treatment of disease. In contrast, dry needling is a modern, evidence-based intervention for the treatment of pain and dysfunction in musculoskeletal conditions.
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About Jamie Mey PT, DPT, CMTPT, OCS
Born and raised in Rhode Island, Jamie is a graduate of Sacred Heart University’s Class of 2015 Doctoral Physical Therapy Program, with her bachelor degree in Exercise Science. In her first couple years in the field, Jamie became certified in Gray Cook’s Selective Functional Movement Screen, Dry Needling, as well as Emergency Medical Response. In the Spring of 2017, she became a board certified specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS).