Skilled physical therapists certified in the procedure use a thin needle to address underlying muscular trigger points. Similar to acupuncture but stronger, this stimulation helps to manage neuromusculoskeletal pain and reduces movement impairment.
Number of treatments recommended:
Muscle triggers can heal rapidly with just a few treatment sessions of dry needling. Certified physical therapists recommend once a week for 2-3 weeks for a lasting positive effect.
Recovery Time & Side effects:
In many cases, improved mobility is immediate and decreased pain is felt within 24 hours.The initial feeling of the needle entering is very minimal. Once the needle reaches muscle, the sensation feels more like a deep cramp and doesn’t last long.
Muscle soreness after a treatment session may last 12-24 hours. The muscle will feel fatigued but should not interfere with your everyday activities. We encourage you to continue your normal activities and gym routines during this time.
Instead of treating the general area of the pain, dry needling targets the origin point. It alleviates pressure and tension in the muscle and releases any inflammation. As a result, you may experience immediate pain relief.
When dry needling releases tension and knots, it also restores the blood and oxygen flow. This allows you to achieve a full range of motion. Improving overall function can reduce or eliminate discomfort, allowing you to focus on your performance and not the pain.