Precision Neuromuscular Therapy
and Therapeutic Massage for
Soft Tissue Pain Relief
Dry needling is a treatment provided by a licensed physical therapist and dry needling specialist in which small acupuncture needles are inserted into myofascial trigger points and/or surrounding areas with the intent to release the tissue restriction and stimulate a healing response. It is an effective treatment for chronic pain, mobility issues, or over-use injuries.
Dry Needling FAQs
Is it acupuncture?
Dry needling uses acupuncture needles, but needle placement is determined differently. Dry needling treatments are based on anatomy and palpation, while acupuncture is based on meridians and acupoints.
Is it painful?
Dry needling produces a cramping contraction called a local twitch response. The discomfort that comes with this release is very quick, lasting about 15 seconds. The prick of the needle is minimized and/or masked by the pressure of the guide tube used for insertion.
Will I be sore?
Soreness (similar to exercise induced soreness) is expected after a needling treatment. It typically lasts 24-48 hours.
What should I do after a needling treatment?
Movement is recommended after a needling treatment. Perform gentle stretches or exercises as recommended by your provider. It is not recommended to perform high intensity exercise after a needling session. If bruising persists, ice is recommended. Generally, heat is preferred to continue the inflammatory response and promote healing.