What Is Dry Needling
Dry Needling is a treatment used by licensed Physical Therapists with specialized training and certification to treat trigger points in the muscles which are causing pain. Trigger points are hard knots or compressions within a muscle that can cause pain and decreased movement.
Solid filament needles are inserted directly into the muscle at a myofascial trigger point. By stimulating the muscle it produces a twitch which, when it relaxes, decreases the pain and inflammation caused by the trigger point.
Dry Needling is a tool used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan determined by your Physical Therapist. Dry Needling can reduce pain and increase tolerance for movement and strengthening. This tool is used in conjunction with manual therapy techniques and specialized exercise programs to form an individual plan of care.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Dry Needling is only performed by highly specialized, certified Physical Therapists who have gone through extensive training to perform the procedure safely. Dry Needling is minimally invasive and should not cause any long-term discomfort.
Dry Needling can cause a minimal level of discomfort during or immediately following the procedure, however any pain should quickly subside. Some patients may experience soreness or bruising a few hours after treatment into the next day.
Dry Needling is used in conjunction with manual therapy techniques as well as a customized exercise program. The amount of Dry Needling sessions will vary depending on diagnosis and response, however typically 3-6 sessions throughout a treatment plan is common.
Dry Needling vs Acupuncture
Based on Western Medicine
Purpose is to restore normal muscle function
Deeper insertion of the needle into trigger points
Requires anatomy knowledge
Based on Eastern Medicine
Purpose is to normalize Chi (energy) imbalances in the body
Shallow insertion of the needle into skin. Needles stay in skin longer.
Requires anatomy knowledge
Dry Needling Pricing
If using Dry Needling as part of a comprehensive treatment plan being billed under insurance, there is no additional cost beyond the insurance patient responsibility for the therapy session.
For cash pay Dry Needling sessions, the first appointment is $65 and each additional follow up visit is $50. Dry Needling treatments take approximately 30 minutes each session.