Contrary to popular belief, dry needling is not acupuncture. While the two therapies share some similarities, dry needling is based on western medical and research approaches. This treatment simply provides an environment that promotes the body’s ability to heal while also relieving pain. A sterilized needle is inserted between the skin and the damaged tendons, ligaments, or muscles to relieve pain, reduce muscular tension, and increase movement.
Many people believe that dry needling is painful because of the name. However, the vast majority of our patients report minimal to no discomfort during and after in-office procedures. Our highly skilled physical therapists will make your treatment as pleasant as possible. Patients may experience muscle pain for up to 48 hours following the procedure, but this usually resolves on its own. Home remedies for sore muscles include cold and/or heat packs, as well as plenty of fluids.
We’ve discovered that when traditional exercise-based treatments are combined with dry needling, the majority of our patients achieve the pain-free results they desire. After a thorough exam to determine the severity of your problem, our physical therapists will tell you if this is the best course of therapy for you!