Dry needling is a safe and highly effective treatment option backed by research. It is also virtually pain free.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling may look a lot like acupuncture, which is based on traditional Chinese medicine but dry needling is rooted in Western medicine.
Dry needling is utilized to release or inactivate trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion.
Dry needling accompanies traditional physical therapy and can be part of a treatment plan. Administered by certified therapists, the physical therapist inserts a dry needle into specific areas of the muscles thus helping to reduce pain, release trigger points and restore function.
Does dry needling hurt?
Our monofilament needles are so thin most people are unable to detect when they penetrate the skin. Using monofilament needs, our physical therapist is able to penetrate the skin to target trigger points and muscular knots to release tension and provide relief from pain.
However, because we are targeting sore muscles and tendons, muscles may twitch in reaction to the needle and the muscle may feel sore.
Occasionally, a muscle may aches or feel sore for a day or two after treatment, like you have just worked out.
How long does pain relief last?
Almost all people will be able to feel results within one to two days, but the length of effectiveness will vary depending on the individual, number of sessions and type of pain being treated.
How can I schedule a session?
Dry needling sessions are only available as an add-on to your current physical therapy treatment plan. Although this treatment is safe and effective, it is not yet covered by most insurance plans.
Ask your physical therapist if you are a good candidate for dry needling treatment.