Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling involves needling of a muscle trigger points without injecting any substance. The treatment is an effective and efficient technique for muscular pain and myofascial dysfunction. It requires using a sterile acupuncture needle that is inserted into the trigger point, causing an immediate "release" of the trigger point. This reduces pain, muscle tension and increase mobility.

Dry needling is the use of either solid filiform needles (also referred to as acupuncture needles) or hollow-core hypodermic needles for therapy of muscle pain. Dry needling is sometimes also known as intramuscular stimulation (IMS).

Dry needling for the treatment of myofascial (muscular) trigger points is based on theories similar, but not exclusive, to traditional acupuncture; both acupuncture and dry needling target the trigger points, which is a direct and palpable source of patient pain. Dry needling, and its treatment techniques and desired effects, would be most directly comparable to the use of 'a-shi' points in acupuncture. What further distinguishes dry needling from traditional acupuncture is that it does not use the full range of traditional theories of Chinese Medicine which is used to treat not only pain, but other non muscular-skeletal issues which often are the cause of pain.

What is Dry Needling used for?

This innovative pain treatment is a cost effective and efficient technique that has been shown to help alleviate the symptoms associated with the following conditions:

  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Neck pain
  • Lateral and medial Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Shoulder pain
  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Bursitis
  • Hamstring strain
  • Groin strain
  • Ankle sprain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Repetitive Use Injuries


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