What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a great way to reduce myofascial pain related to trigger points. You might ask, “how do I know what a trigger point is or if I’m a candidate for dry needling?” Trigger points are those irritating hard “knots” in a muscle that may cause pain over a large area. When a trigger point is touched, it can also cause pain in nearby areas of the body. Dry needling aims to improve this by releasing the tight muscle bands associated with these trigger points which leads to decreased pain and increased function.

Dry needling is a treatment in which a very thin needle is pushed through the skin to stimulate a trigger point. You’ll notice instant improvements in your range of motion, ease of movement, and decreased symptoms. It is also very common to experience a “twitch” in the muscle when the needle is inserted into the trigger point, which indicates that the treatment will be helpful and relieve pain.

Below, you will see a photo of Tara who received dry needling treatment for lateral epicondylitis. The needles are also connected to wires for intramuscular electrical stimulation. Intramuscular stimulation (IMS) is grounded in Western medical science and is extremely effective to release shortened muscles and treats the underlying neuropathic conditions that cause pain. IMS has a great success rate.

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Both Samantha and Mark are certified in dry needling. If you think you may be a candidate for dry needling, please ask us for more information!