Functional Dry Needling
Using a thin filiform needle, the treatment is focused on targeting the source of soft tissue related pain or movement restriction by eliciting what is called a localized twitch response. This localized pain relieving stimulus is what drives lasting pain relief that allows our patients to accelerate their recovery.
Common Conditions Treated with Dry Needling
- Acute and chronic tendinitis
- Athletic and sports-related overuse injuries
- Post-traumatic injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and work related injuries
- Chronic pain conditions
- Headaches and whiplash
- Lower back pain
- Shoulder impingement
- Tennis Elbow
- Muscle Spasms
- Sciatic Pain
- Hip Pain
- Knee Pain
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Post-surgical pain
- Many other neuromusculoskeletal conditions
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a trigger point?
For many patients, Dry Needling is more effective in treating myofascial pain than other manual therapies.
Often times, alternative soft tissue treatments require multiple sessions to achieve the same effect as one or two 10 minute needling sessions. Results may vary, but the majority of patients see a significant improvement after one or two dry needling sessions.
How does dry needling work?
What to expect?
Is it safe?
How long do the effects last?
What is the difference between dry needling vs acupuncture?
What is the difference between dry needling vs trigger point injection?
Traditional trigger point injections use a hollow, hypodermic needle to inject substances such as saline or corticosteroids into the tissue. When the two treatments are compared for treatment of myofascial trigger points, numerous systematic reviews and randomized control trials have found no statistically significant difference between dry needling and trigger point injections. Evidence supports that the “needling effect” is the most important part of the process rather than the substance injected. This does not mean that some patients will not have greater success with injection based treatments rather than dry needling or vice versa.