Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is a skilled intervention which uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular and connective tissues for the management of neuro-musculoskeletal pain, movement impairments and chronic pain.

What are the needles like?

The needles used for Dry Needling are very different from those used to inject medicine. They are solid, as opposed to hollow like a those used to inject medicine (thus the term “Dry Needling”). They are extremely thin and rounded at the tip whereas a hypodermic needle is beveled. Many people aren’t even able to feel the needles when they are inserted.

How does dry needling work?

Dry Needling is proposed to work through the following physiological responses:

Increased blood flow to the localized area
Small, localized lesions lead to increased cell migration and stimulates the healing response
Reduced band tautness in muscles due to normalizing the length tension relationship of the muscle
Releases pain modulators to reduce the brains perception of pain

What can dry needling help?

Dry Needling can be an effective treatment technique for many different issues. Some common issues that are typically treated with Dry Needling include:

  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Joint Pain or Stiffness
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Trigger Points/Muscle Tightness


Don’t see your ailment on this list? Just ask!

Can I come just for dry needling?

Dry needling is typically just part of the treatment plan during physical therapy, however, some utilize it for pain control, sore muscles from training, and joint stiffness. Dry needling is available on a cash pay basis at the following rates:

15 Min session: $30

30 Min session: $50

45 Min session: $75

Treatment session lengths are dependent on the goals of the treatment, the treatment area, and whether it is your first time or not.

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