Dry needling is performed by using a solid filament needle to target specific areas to release the fibers and trigger points of the body. Trigger points are sensitive areas that are knotted muscles and cause pain or discomfort. There is typically immediate relief after a dry needling session.

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How long does dry needling take?

Needles will be placed into the trigger points for 5-15 minutes depending on the location, severity, and a number of needles used.

What will someone feel when they do dry needling?

Dry needling can cause a twitch response and can feel uncomfortable, but not usually painful. It often feels like a release of pressure within the muscle. The feeling can vary from person to person.

Which conditions can dry needling help?

Conditions that dry needling can address but not limited to:

  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin splints
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Low back pain
  • Ankle injuries
  • Sprains/strains
  • Scars
  • increased range of motion
  • Muscle activation of particular groups

Do I have the option to add electrical stimulation to the needles during my session?

Depending on the location, electrical stimulation can be added to the needles during your session. Dry needling can also be paired with electrical stimulation to promote a greater effect of the treatment. Stimulated needles will allow the contraction and relaxation of the muscle to help the treatment zone further.

What is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a derivative of Chinese medicine where you use different meridian points to address issues of the body; while dry needling focuses on the particular area with needles targeting the muscles.