Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a medical technique performed by a certified therapist to immediately reduce pain, muscle tension, and improve mobility. It is used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems including, but not limited to, acute or chronic injuries, headaches, neck pain, back pain, tendinitis, muscle spasms, “Sciatica”, hip or knee pain, muscle strains, fibromyalgia, tennis or golfer’s elbow, and overuse injuries.

Dry Needling is a treatment technique utilizing a sterile monofilament needle that is inserted through the skin into muscles, tendons, ligaments, and/or close to nerves to immediately reduce pain, decrease muscle tension, and increase mobility. Dry Needling is not acupuncture, though similar needles are used. Dry Needling is based on the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems of Western medicine. This treatment technique provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal which ultimately reduces pain.

Is Dry Needling Painful? 

For most people there is little to no discomfort with the insertion of the needle. We strive to make the treatment virtually painless, however at times you may experience a “twitch response” which often feels like a quick muscle cramp or ache. These sensations are normal and even desirable at times. Following this technique muscle soreness can be felt up to 24-48 hours. The application of heat or ice and drinking plenty of fluids may reduce soreness.