Dry Needling is a skilled technique performed by a physical therapist certified in dry needling using a single-use, single-insertion, sterile filiform needle in a muscle or muscle group. Inserting a very thin needle into the affected area releases muscle tension and normalizes function. This can help to resolve pain, tension, impairments and will promote healing.
While it’s understandable to feel anxious about your first Dry Needling experience, most patients only experience brief and mild discomfort during the treatment. After a few visits, many patients grow more comfortable and relaxed with this treatment as positive results are gained.
Is this Acupuncture?
Dry needling is not the same as acupuncture.
Dry needling is a direct, medical technique that targets trigger points. Dry needling is performed by a licensed physical therapist.
Acupuncture is performed by an acupuncturist who has been trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, or the Five Element model. It includes different assessment methods and treatment goals.