Middlesex Orthopedic & Spine Associates is now in Newington! Schedule an appointment today. Physical therapy is now available on Saturdays from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm at 430 Saybrook Road in Middletown and in Marlborough on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 am - 1:00 pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

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Our 420 Saybrook Rd MRI location is temporarily closed. We have temporarily relocated to 430 Saybrook Road (Lower Level where Physical Therapy is located).

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Dry Needling Therapy

Close up of a needle and hands of physiotherapist doing a dry needling in a physiotherapy center.

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a skilled therapeutic intervention involving the use of a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points-painful knots in muscles-as well as tendons, ligaments, connective tissue, or areas near nerves. This technique is used to manage neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.

What is Dry Needling Used For?

Dry needling (DN) is a technique used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscles, fascia, and connective tissue, as well as to reduce persistent peripheral nociceptive input. It helps restore body structure and function, leading to improved activity and participation. DN is a modern, science-based intervention for conditions such as neck pain, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, knee pain, arthritis, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, lower back pain, and sacroiliac dysfunction.

Is Dry Needling Effective?

Dry needling has been proven to be both safe and effective in treating pain and improving function across a range of orthopedic issues. While it can be a stand-alone treatment, it is often incorporated into a comprehensive physical therapy plan of care.