Dry Needling is a general term for a therapeutic treatment that involves inserting a fine microfilament needle into the targeted muscles or soft tissue.
The therapist will work to treat painful trigger points, referred muscle pain or muscle spasms. Treatments may also aim to improve muscle recruitment or activation.
What to Expect as a Patient
- Usually a healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of the needle. However, if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the patient may feel a deep pressure — which is often referred to as a “twitch response.”
- The patient may feel a slight discomfort at the site of the needle or may feel referred pain similar to the original symptoms.
- Typically, positive results are seen right away or in a few short visits.
Conditions We Treat with Dry Needling
- Acute and chronic pain
- IT Band Syndrome
- Knee and calf pain
- Myofascial pain and stiffness
- Neck and back pain
- Pain that hasn’t responded to “traditional” PT
- Plantar fasciitis
- Recovery and injury prevention
- Rehabilitation from injury