What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling (DN) is a treatment technique that utilizes thin, solid filament needles designed to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying neural, muscular and connective tissues. DN evokes a healing response in painful neuro-musculoskeletal conditions and improves movement impairments.

Is Dry Needling similar to Acupuncture?

DN is not acupuncture or Oriental Medicine; that is, it does not have the purpose of altering the flow of energy (“Qi”) along traditional Chinese meridians for the treatment of disease. In fact, DN is a modern, science based intervention for the treatment of pain and dysfunction in musculoskeletal conditions.

What can be treated by dry needling?

Dry needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Such conditions include, but are not limited to: neck, back and shoulder pain; arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow); headache, jaw pain.

Benefits of Dry Needling:

• Restores motion and function • Pain Control • Reduces muscle tension • Desensitizes sensitive tissue • Promotes healing response in tissue • Normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of moter end plates • Accelerates return to active rehabilitation

Is the procedure painful?

Most patients do not feel the insertion of the needle. The local twitch response elicits a very brief (less than a second) painful response. Some patients describe this as a little electrical shock; others feel it more like a cramping sensation. Again, the therapeutic response occurs with the elicitation of local twitch responses and that is a good and desirable reaction.

What to expect after treatment?

Your symptoms may appear to be heightened for 24-48 hours, and they may be sore to the touch. This soreness is described as “work-out soreness.” Heat will help minimize any soreness you may experience. Bruising can occur occasionally. It is common to feel tired, nauseous, emotional, giggly or “loopy”, and/or somewhat “out of it” after treatment. This is a normal response that can last up to an hour or two after treatment.