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Dry Needling

What Is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a treatment performed by skilled, trained physical therapists who are certified in the procedure. A thin monofilament needle penetrates the skin and treats underlying muscular trigger points for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.

It’s important to note dry needling is not the same as acupuncture. It uses similar tools, but that’s where the similarities end. Dry needling treats muscle tissue, and its goal is to reduce pain, inactivate trigger points and restore function. It rarely is a standalone procedure. Rather, it’s often a part of a broader physical therapy approach.

If you’re interested in learning more about Dry Needling and wonder if it’s right for you, give us a call today! 

Who It’s For And Benefits Of Dry Needling

Dry needling may provide relief for some muscular pain and stiffness. In addition, easing the trigger points may improve flexibility and increase range of motion. That’s why this method is often used to treat sports injuries, muscle pain, and even fibromyalgia pain. Though it doesn’t currently have guidelines for practice, safe dry needling practices will be standardized as more research becomes available.

Whether you strained your back working in the yard or hurt your knee on your most recent run, dry needling can be a huge help to get you back to everyday activities. The muscles in your body back will be able to finally relax following needling and your sleep could improve. Muscle spasms and inflammation can happen anywhere in the body with injury. What if that spasm could be relieved in just a few sessions? Don’t wait for the pain to become worse before you do something about it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dry needling is no more painful than getting the same area massaged. One way to reduce soreness or pain with the treatment is to use a smaller needle. We consistently use smaller diameter needles to improve your comfort. We have found over years of treating that reducing the size or thickness of the needle reduced ~80% of post-treatment soreness.

Overall dry needling is very safe. The safety of dry needling is fully the responsibility of the practitioner doing the treatment. The better trained and more experienced practitioners typically treat a larger range of muscles and are usually quicker and less painful. The good news is that dry needling can be very effective with helping target those muscle trigger points to bring you relief faster.

If you’re interested in learning more about Dry Needling and wonder if it’s right for you, give us a call today!