Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points. The aim of Dry Needling is to release muscle tension and pain.
Dry needling is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles and supported by abundant medical research. Dry needling involves a thin filiform needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues.
Why Dry Needling?
In cases when dry needling is used by physical therapists, it is one technique that’s part of a larger treatment plan. Physical therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Medical research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates; the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. As part of their entry level education, physical therapists are well educated in anatomy and therapeutic treatment of the body. Physical therapists who perform dry needling supplement that knowledge by obtaining specific postgraduate education and training.
Who Can Benefit from Dry Needling?
A variety of musculoskeletal problems including, but not limited to:
- Athletic and sport-related overuse injuries
- Low Back Pain
- Herniated or Bulging Disc
- Sciatica, Stenosis, Scoliosis
- Hip Pain
- Achilles Tendonitis, Shin Splints
- Plantar Fasciitis (Foot Pain)
- IT Band Syndrome, Hamstring Strain
- Neck Pain
- TMJ, Migraines, Headaches
- Upper Back and Shoulder Pain
- Rotator Cuff/ Frozen Shoulder
- Epicondylitis (Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Muscle Spasms and Strain
What is the Cost of Dry Needling?
Self-Pay Dry Patients:
- Initial Evaluation and Treatment: $85.00
- Follow up Treatment: $50.00
Prescribed Physical Therapy plus Dry Needling:
- Requires a prescription from your physician for physical therapy with a diagnosis (for example: low back pain). Cost is based on your physical therapy benefits covered in your specific insurance coverage.
- Our staff will verify your insurance benefits for you, and get you pre-approved for therapy. Just call us with your insurance card readily available and we will call to ensure your visits will be covered.