Dry Needling

What is dry needling?

“Myofascial Trigger Point/Tender Point Dry Needling (MFTrPDN) is a physical therapeutic and diagnostic technique/procedure whose purpose is to neutralize dysfunctional soft tissue and restore or improve muscle and fascial function.” (David B. Fishkin, DC, MPH). Essentially, dry needling is a technique used to treat trigger points or “knots” within a muscle by disrupting areas of tightness, allowing for the muscle to function at its full capacity.

Is dry needling the same as acupuncture?

No- it most certainly is not. “Dry needling technique requires a physical examination, diagnosis, location of anatomic points based on a western understanding of anatomy, neurology, and physiology. It does not use theories of meridians, energy, pulse points or tongue characteristics to make a determination of why or where to place a needle.” (David B. Fishkin, DC, MPH).

What are the benefits of dry needling?

According to the Dry Needling Institute, the following benefits may be achieved by using this technique

  • Both diagnostic and therapeutic

  • Brings about resolution of symptoms more rapidly and potentiates the effect of the synovial joint manipulation/mobilization (chiropractic adjustment)

  • Wide application throughout the body

  • Does not interfere with patients’ drug regimens or implanted devices such as pacemakers

  • No contraindications to the number of sites or frequency of treatment

Patients may notice a decrease in pain, tightness, and stiffness in the treated areas.

I’m afraid of needles! IS this going to hurt?

Dry needling uses very small, thin needles that are different than the typical needles you think of in relation to receiving a shot. The needles themselves do not hurt- the discomfort you may feel is your body’s response to the treatment. Most patients feel achiness, heaviness, or reproduction of referred pain. Many think of treatment as a “hurts so good” type of feeling. If there is a needle that is uncomfortable, it can always be removed.

Does my insurance cover dry needling?

Many insurance companies do cover the treatment code used for needling. If your insurance does not, our office is happy to work with you to determine how you can receive treatment without using insurance.