What is dry needling?

Dry needling involves fine filament needles inserted into the skin and muscle directly to increase blood flow, release muscle spasm, treat trigger points, decrease pain and increase range of motion.

Is dry needling similar to acupuncture?

There are both many similarities and differences between dry needling and acupuncture. In contrast to most schools of acupuncture, dry needling is strictly based on Western medicine principles and research and it is increasingly used in the management of musculoskeletal and sports injuries.

What type of problems can be treated with dry needling?

Dry needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Such conditions include, but are not limited to, neck, back and shoulder pain, arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow), headache to include migraines and tension-type headaches, leg pain (sciatica, hamstrings strains, calf tightness/spasms).

Is the procedure painful?

Most patients do not feel the insertion of the needle. The local twitch response is brief and is a good and desirable reaction.

Are the needles sterile?

Yes, we only use sterile, disposable needles.

What side effects can I expect after the treatment?

Mild soreness is common after the procedure. The soreness is described as muscle soreness over the area treated and into the areas of referred symptoms. Typically, the soreness lasts between a few hours and two days.

I am not comfortable with needles. Do I have to have dry needling?

No. Before any procedure you are always informed and your consent is mandatory.


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