Dry needling. Some might think it’s a sewing technique. But it’s actually a modern science-based treatment that’s routinely successful in addressing several conditions.
A trained therapist can use dry needling (DN) to treat:
Dry needling gets its name because its very fine needles aren’t used to inject fluids. Other treatments inject fluids such as a steroid, or cortisone, into your body.
Dry needling, also known as intramuscular stimulation, changes the way your body senses pain.
The thin needles are inserted into painful muscle knots (we call these myofascial trigger points). Needles can also be inserted into tendons, ligaments and scar tissue.
The needles stimulate electrical and chemical changes in tissues. A key change is a reduction of the trigger point(s) and releasing of taut bands of tissues. Dry needing typically:
During the dry needling procedure, the therapist will gently tap a sterile, single-use needle into the area we’re treating.
You may feel a small pinprick. Then there may be a twitch or minor ache or cramp in the muscle. You may also notice some bruising.
The number of needles used and how they’re administered depends on your condition.
This is a low-risk treatment when administered by a trained physical therapist. Your therapist will explain rare reactions that may occur such as sweating or feeling faint.
The needles used in dry needing are similar to acupuncture needles. However, acupuncture, which originated in China 5,000 years ago, is based on balancing the body’s chi — the life energy.
Chi flows in the body along twelve pathways or meridians. Each links to specific internal organs or systems.
Carefully inserted needles can redirect and reposition the flow of body energy. Changing the flow of chi can relieve pain, tension and stress.
Dry needling is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles. It involves needling of muscle knots (trigger points) to relax overactive muscles.
DN can relieve pain. It can allow you to more comfortably do beneficial joint and muscle stretching and strengthening.
A range of treatments, work together to return you to normal muscle function.
If you have a sports injury, you may want to request a free injury evaluation. We can work with you to recover from your injury and return to your favorite activities — and back to living well!