Dry Needling

Dry Needling

If you suffer from chronic pain syndrome, multiple sclerosis, or fibromyalgia, dry needling may be able to afford you relief. The technique can be incredibly effective for soothing chronically sore muscles and pain caused by contracted knots in your muscles and connective tissue. Those patients with trigger point pain can particularly benefit from dry needling.

The Expert PhysioActiveApproach

After consulting with you about your symptoms and areas of pain, one of our trained, expert therapists will insert sterile needles just under the skin at your trigger points – areas of muscle tenderness that develop from injury or overuse. The treated muscle will twitch in response to the needle. This is actually a spinal reflex and helps to break the pain cycle.

While most patients don’t even notice when the needle is inserted, you may feel some slight pain. Side effects from dry needling are generally nonexistent to mild and may include soreness and bruising. Applying dry heat to the site of the needling often relieves any lingering soreness. Of course, please communicate any issues to our staff and we will be happy to help you.

Dry needling is very safe when performed by a professional, trained therapist like our staff at PhysioActive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Isn’t dry needling just acupuncture by a different name?

No. Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine, whereas dry needling is evidence-based Western medicine. Dry needling does not rely on chi or “energy flow.”

Is there risk of infection from another patient?

No, the needles used in your dry needling treatment are completely sterile.

How deeply is the needle inserted?

The needle is inserted to the layer of the muscle/connective tissue.

How long will it take to see results?

Many patients feel better a few days after a single session. For more severe problems, several sessions may be needed.

Will the needles cause scarring or bruising?

The skin might be a little irritated after treatment. On the rare occasion, there will be a small bruise. These will heal and disappear in time.

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