Dry Needling

  • What is Dry Needling?
    Dry needling is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into myofascial trigger points (painful knots in muscles), tendons, ligaments or near nerves in order to stimulate a healing response in musculoskeletal conditions. Dry needling is not acupuncture.


    How does it work?
    Dry needling helps to alter the current state of tissue to restore normal length and tone, improve blood flow to tissues that have not fully-healed or healed improperly from injury and decrease pain.


    Is it painful?
    There is some discomfort associated with dry needling and, in many cases, a painful local twitch response is elicited. The effects are brief, but can last up to 24 hours. It may feel like a dull ache that resolves on its own following treatment. Most people report significant pain relief and improved function.

    Is it safe?
    Drowsiness, dizziness, minor bleeding or bruising and fainting can occur. Any time needles are used there is a risk of infection; however, our highly trained therapists use a single packed/disposable and sterile needle during treatment.


    Is it covered by insurance?
    Individual insurance policies determine coverage. We will verify insurance coverage options to see if dry needling is a treatment option for you.


    Is it supported by evidence?
    There are hundreds of studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of dry needling for many musculoskeletal conditions. These peer-reviewed journals span a wide variety of medical fields and academic literature. For samples, please speak with your physical therapist.

    What conditions /symptoms benefit from Dry Needling?

    • Dry needling is effective in a wide variety of conditions, including:
    • Low back and neck pain, including radiculopathy
    • Shoulder and arm pain, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, impingement
    • Hip and leg pain, sciatica, muscle strain, calf-tightness/spasm
    • Foot and ankle sprain, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis
    • Headache, face and jaw pain
    • Fibromyalgia
    •   ...and much more!

    How it Works

    Patient Testimonial - Carol Webb

    Carol suffers from thoracic outlet syndrome and, after a fall created impingement in her shoulder, she was unable to raise her left arm. Her sister suggested she try Dry Needling. Dry Needling is an effective treatment for chronic pain of neuropathic origin. Carol said the dry needling caused just a little aching during the procedure but provided immediate relief. She said her therapist let her guide the needle treatment. Carol wanted to do this video because she wants others to realize there are alternatives to pain management other than pain medication.