How do you know you dry needling may be for you?
You have muscle pain and stiffness.
Stretching, foam rolling, and/or massage isn’t helping the muscle knots.
You have had a sports injury.
You’re ready to improve your overall health.
What health conditions may dry needling help alleviate?
Dry needling is a therapy focused on alleviating muscular pain. Dry needling may be used to help treat:
- Joint or muscle pain
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)
- Repetitive motion disorders (ex. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
- Reduced range of motion
- Phantom pain
- Post-herpetic Neuralgia (pain left behind by shingles)
- and more!
Dry needling use needles to treat the body. It is also known as trigger point needling or myofascial trigger point dry needling.
It is used to treat myofascial pain.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, “Muscles sometimes develop knotted areas called trigger points. These trigger points are highly sensitive and can be painful when touched. They are also often the cause of referred pain (or pain that affects another part of the body). Clinicians push thin solid needles through the skin into trigger points. The needles are used to stimulate the tissue, not to inject medication.
Pain affects how your body moves. It is thought that dry needling changes the way the brain and muscles talk to each other to let the system return to a more normal movement pattern.”
Dry needling is not usually recommended as a primary treatment method and will be included as part of your recommended treatment plan, if needed.
Dry Needling FAQs
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.
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.
Drinking plenty of water is one of the most important things you can do for your body after a dry needling session.
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.
Please call our office for current pricing.
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.