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Dry Needling
Dry Needling

Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a skilled technique performed by physical therapists with specialized training. Dry Needling is a technique that involves the insertion of a sterile, monofilament needle into target structures such as a muscle, tendon, or fascia to decrease the effect of painful trigger points. The goal is to restore normal muscle and joint function, decrease pain, improve strength and mobility, and enhance healing and recovery. Dry Needling is used in conjunction with a comprehensive evaluation that complements other treatments to help you reach your goals and return to the activities you love.

Dry Needling can be used successfully for many conditions including:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Sciatica
  • Tendinitis
  • Muscle strains
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Headaches

Benefits of Dry Needling:

  • Lasting muscle pain relief
  • Release tight muscles
  • Decrease tension
  • Prevent injuries
  • Facilitate healing
  • Enhance recovery



How does Dry Needling work?


The goal of dry needling is to release trigger points and areas in the muscle, connective tissue, and myofascial tissue to cause a decrease in pain, improve flexibility and decrease overall muscle tension. Dry Needling is a great adjunct to other interventions that our Physical Therapists administer. Dry Needling has shown impressive results to speed up recovery and improve the total rehabilitation process in those who are candidates for the technique.

What is the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?


Both dry needling and acupuncture involve the insertion of thin needles into certain parts of the body. Dry Needling, however, is based on western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. It is necessary to have a medical diagnosis. The process involves performing a thorough examination, which is imperative to determine the area to be treated, and the needle insertion is based on the physical exam, objective data, and the patient’s subjective complaints. Acupuncture is based upon insertion of thin needles into specific, “ashi” points along meridians, derived from ancient Chinese Medicine based on the idea of balance and restoring proper flow of energy throughout the body.

Does Dry Needling hurt?


People often don’t feel the needles going in, but they sometimes feel an ache or cramp as the technique is administered

Is Dry Needling safe?


Dry Needling is safe but cannot be performed without risk. Our Physical Therapists who utilize Dry Needling are competent and trained in performing the technique. The needles are never reused, and the likelihood of bleeding or bruising is extremely low.