What is dry needling?
Dry needling is a treatment option that uses a very small, solid-core needle to enter the skin and underlying tissues to treat pain, muscle impairments and movement disability.
What are the expected benefits of dry needling?
Dry needling has been shown to reduce pain, decrease muscle tension, increase range of motion and improve muscle function. When used with manual therapy, stretching, strengthening, movement and balance exercises, it can be an effective addition to your treatment plan.
Does dry needling hurt?
Dry needling side effects are minimal. Your therapist will use a very small acupuncture needle to penetrate the skin with little to no sensation. The muscle being treated will involuntarily contract, which may feel like a dull ache or an uncomfortable cramp. This feeling only lasts seconds and is temporary. After your treatment, your muscles may feel sore, but ice, heat, gentle stretching or massaging the area can help relieve any lingering pain.
What conditions can be treated with dry needling?
- Neck, shoulder, hip or leg pain
- Lower back pain and sciatica
- Overuse injuries, muscle strains, tendonitis, bursitis