YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A growing number of people swear by the medical technique known as dry needling.
Researchers at Ohio State are putting dry needling to the test when it comes to knee pain to see if there is any point to the technique.
Dry needling uses small solid needles to stimulate tissue, release tight muscles and take away pain. Unlike massage therapy, it is supposed to do all these in a fraction of the time
“Rather than using your hands or a foam roller, this is using the needle, and, actually, you’re directly going to the site of dysfunction,” said Matt Briggs, a physical therapist with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Acupuncture uses needles in one part of the body to influence other areas. With dry needling, the specialists insert needles directly into problem areas. The theory is that it changes the way the nerves and muscles function, the way signals reach the spinal cord and how people feel pain.
With dry needling, no medication is injected anywhere because the needles are solid.
In the study, researchers at Ohio State will follow 150 patients to determine how well dry needling works to take away pain and even prevent injuries.