What is dry needling?

Dry needling is a physical therapy technique where the physical therapist uses very thin needles to penetrate skin and muscles, triggering a twitch response. This causes muscles to loosen and lengthen, which helps relieve pain. Some patients report feeling a slight pinch when the needles are inserted, but most describe the procedure as relatively painless.

What are the benefits?

Dry needling is an effective pain management tool and a way of stimulating healing in injured areas. It goes after the direct and palpable source of pain, trigger points and taut bands in the tissue. Physical therapists use dry needling to effectively treat a variety of ailments, from headaches and chronic back pain to tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.

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