Hattiesburg Clinic Physical Therapist Offers Dry Needling to Treat Pain
Dry needling, also known as intramuscular manual therapy, is a technique in which a small “dry” needle – one without medication or injection – is inserted into areas of the muscle, called trigger points. This type of therapy has become more widely utilized in the last several years due to its effectiveness. Schramm is now one of a few physical therapists at Hattiesburg Clinic to offer the service.
Physical therapists must be specially trained and certified to practice dry needling. Schramm went through 50 hours of face-to-face course study to learn the technique and was approved by the Mississippi State Board of Physical Therapy before she could offer dry needling to her patients.
“The procedure involves placing small needles into the target tissue that is tender or painful in order to stimulate the body’s natural healing responses and bring the painful area’s physiology, or function, back to normal or baseline levels,” said Schramm.
She explained that this technique is intended to improve the function of the musculoskeletal system and ultimately alleviates symptoms. Schramm said she primarily uses dry needling to treat pain caused by inflammation.
According to the National Institutes of Health, pain is cited as the most common reason Americans access the health care system, and it is a leading cause of disability and a major contributor to health care costs. Furthermore, chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability.
“The goal with dry needling is to assist patients with reduction of pain to allow increased mobility, strength and range of motion, resulting in better function and quality of life,” she said.
A physician referral is required in order to schedule an appointment at Bellevue Physical Therapy. Talk to your primary care provider if you think you might benefit from dry needling. If you have questions, call 601-261-1550. To learn more about Bellevue Physical Therapy and other services they offer, click here.