Trigger Point Dry Needling is a safe and effective treatment option for patients experiencing muscle or myofascial pain. Our certified physical therapists use this muscle-relaxing technique to target trigger points or knots that generate tension, discomfort or pain. This technique helps to improve your mobility and flexibility while reducing pain and restoring function.
How Dry Needling Works
Dry Needling uses a thin filament, non-hypodermic needle similar to ones used in acupuncture. Unlike acupuncture’s superficial techniques, Dry Needling targets specific trigger points deep within muscle tissue, and the location of that trigger point will determine the length of the needle used. Research has shown that the mechanical stimulus of the needled itself on the trigger point will cause biochemical changes resulting in muscle relaxation, improved muscle function and pain relief.
Benefits of Dry Needling
Dry Needling is a great alternative to other muscle-relaxing techniques that could be more painful for some people such as deep tissue massage. Dry Needling is very specific and localized to the dysfunctional tissue whereas other techniques are more regional and may result in more tissue irritation. Dry Needling helps reset biochemical and electrical pathways within the muscle to help improve muscle performance so you can get back to doing the things you enjoy free of pain.
Dry Needling Frequently Asked Questions
Does Dry Needling hurt? There is little to no pain when the needle penetrates the skin. A twitch response or muscle cramp will occur when the needle hits the targeted trigger point. Muscle soreness may occur at least 24 hours after the treatment. Applying heat to the affected muscles, drinking lots of fluids, stretching and staying mobile can help reduce the soreness.
Is Dry Needling safe? Your safety throughout this treatment is our top priority. Dry Needling is performed as a “clean technique” in which your skin will be sanitized and your therapist will wear gloves to minimize risk of infection. The needles are sanitary, individually packaged and discarded after use. Our therapists have completed extensive training to receive their Dry Needling certifications.
What are the side effects of Dry Needling? Common side effects include muscle soreness, fatigue, and bruising. Our therapists will provide specific education during your treatment to help you understand how to limit these side effects.
Does my health insurance cover Trigger Point Dry Needling Therapy? Most health insurance policies currently do not cover Dry Needling. Contact us and we will check your insurance prior to starting treatment and provide information on our self-pay options as well.