Relieve pain and increase range of motion with dry needling.
Also known as intramuscular stimulation, dry needling is a trigger point injection treatment that inserts fine, stainless steel needles into specific areas of the body called trigger points. Dry needling aims to relieve pain and stiffness associated with sports injuries, headaches, muscle strains, fibromyalgia, and hip, knee, and back issues.
What can I expect from dry needling?
One of the most important aspects of dry needling is that it is natural and drugless. The practice doesn’t use anesthetics and is aptly named “dry” because the needles don’t inject fluid into the body. During a treatment, you can expect one of our doctors to evaluate regions of localized pain and movement impairments, as well as the overall function of the affected area. Typical sessions last about 15-30 minutes, and many patients experience improved mobility and decreased pain within 24 hours. After therapy, we recommend that our patients increase their water intake, do stretches, and apply ice and lightly massage the treated area to gain the most benefit.
Benefits of Dry Needling
Studies have shown that dry needling helps to do the following:
Frequently Asked Questions
Because the two practices look the same, acupuncture and dry needling often get confused. Both treatments involve inserting thin, stainless steel needles into the skin, and both treatments share the goal of alleviating pain. However, it’s important to know how they differ. Acupuncture aims to treat pain by altering the energy flow of the body, while dry needling relieves pain and improves range of movement by focusing on specific trigger points in the body.
Many patients don’t feel the needles when they’re being inserted. Others will experience brief discomfort, including short-lived (15-30 second) muscle cramps as tension is being released. While it’s common to experience some muscle soreness following the treatment, the discomfort should only last 12-24 hours.Mild bruising is also possible when dry needling is performed on areas such as the face, chest, shoulders, and portions of the arms and legs.