Dry needling – Pain relief to maintain the quality of your active life
Dry needling offers an alternative treatment option for pain relief and improved muscle movement. Also known as trigger point dry needling or intramuscular manual therapy, the treatment uses a dry needle — a needle without medicine — to deactivate trigger points in your muscle.
What are trigger points?
Trigger points are sensitive spots within a muscle that can be tender to touch. They can form after an injury or overuse of your muscles. Touching an active trigger point can refer to pain in other parts of your body.
Our physical therapists use dry needling to relax your trigger points and reduce pain.
What to expect
The physical therapist will insert a thin, sterile needle into the skin to shut down your muscular trigger points. The length of the needle will depend on the area of your body that is being dry needled. Most patients feel little or no pain as the needle is inserted.
The entire procedure takes as little as 15 minutes and there is a low risk of infection. After the procedure, patients typically experience pain relief lasting from a few hours to several weeks. While the side effects from dry needling are usually minor, patients can experience:
- Bruising at the dry needling site
- Fatigue or lack of energy
Conditions Treated with Dry Needling
- Disk and Nerve Problems
- Neck Pain
- Rotator Cuff
- Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Upper Back and Shoulder
- Low Back Pain
- Herniated or Bulging Disc
- Hip Bursitis
- Pelvic Pain
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Shin Splints
- Plantar Fasciitis (Foot Pain)
- IT Band Syndrome
- Hamstring Strain
Who should avoid dry needling, including:
- Patients with certain bleeding disorders
- Pregnant women, especially during the first trimester
- have cardiac arrhythmias or are allergic to nickel