Dry Needling

What is it?

Dry needling is a soft tissue technique used to treat muscle tension and trigger points. 

How does it work?

The practitioner inserts an acupuncture needle into a trigger point (knot) and manipulates the needle for a few seconds to release the muscle tension. 2-5 trigger points are treated in one session and it takes 10-15 minutes

 

What should I expect?

The needle is very small, so you do not feel a pinch like you do when you are getting a shot. The procedure feels a bit more intense than a deep tissue massage because it is pinpointed to the exact area of pain. It is also common to feel your muscle twitch. It is normal to feel sore for a day or two after treatment, this soreness is similar to what you would feel after an intense workout.  Patients usually feel relief after the first session, but for best results one session a week for 4 weeks is recommended. 

 

Is dry needling for me?

Dry needling is great for stubborn muscle tension that does not seem to get lasting relief from stretching or massage. Common conditions treated include:

  • Neck pain

  • Low back pain

  • Shoulder pain

  • Wrist pain

  • Elbow pain

  • Knee pain 

  • Headaches