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Dry Needling FAQs
Does dry needling or trigger point therapy hurt?
Patients may feel discomfort during a dry needling therapy treatment. If there is no feeling during the treatment, it is not working yet.
Discomfort is normal. However, sharp or stabbing pain is not normal. It is important to communicate your level of pain with your provider throughout your dry needling session, so that your provider can adjust the treatment accordingly.
How will I feel after a trigger point therapy session?
Patients may experience the following symptoms after a dry needling treatment session:
- Soreness immediately after a dry needling treatment in the area of the body that was needled
- Be, “out of it” or emotional
The level of soreness or symptoms varies patient to patient, but usually feels like you have had an intense workout at the gym.
Contact your provider know if you experience any of the symptoms after your session.
What do I do after my dry needling session?
Drinking plenty of water is one of the most important things you can do for your body after a dry needling session.
How many dry needling treatments will I need?
The number and frequency of acupuncture treatments required depends on the patient’s unique health situation and their personal wellness goals.
Determining how many dry needling treatments you will need begins with an initial consultation with one of our dry needling providers. After this consultation, you will receive a Report of Findings. This provides an opportunity to discuss what your provider has found based upon your exam, health history, and any additional information presented. The Report of Findings also includes the number of dry needling or trigger point therapy treatments suggested by your dry needling provider for your unique situation.
As a general rule, many patients notice that the symptoms of their condition begin to improve within two to three treatments. While the symptoms may decrease during your first few appointments, additional visits may be necessary to alleviate the cause of the condition.
Is dry needling (AKA trigger point therapy) covered by insurance?
Dry needling is not covered by insurance. We accept Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Savings Accounts (FSAs) to pre-pay these services in advance. We will provide you with all of the required receipts to submit these services. Please note that most HSAs and FSAs will allow you to pay for these services in advance. However, it is the account holder’s responsibility to determine the limitations with their contact person who holds these specific guidelines.
For many other services at our office, we are in-network with many insurance companies. We will run your insurance benefits prior to your first appointment, so that you know what is covered before receiving treatment.