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Dry Needling

A treatment for both acute and chronic pain, dry needling involves inserting a very thin filament needle into a “trigger point” or muscle spasm.

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is a technique that can promote healing after injury, increase movement, and lessen pain. It’s a common misconception that dry needling is like acupuncture. While both methods use thin, specially designed needles, the evaluation process, treatment, and goals are very different. Our physical therapists will thoroughly evaluate the function of your neuromuscular system to determine which specific tissues are contributing to your pain and movement limitations, then apply dry needling techniques to help.

Is dry needling the right treatment?

Dry needling treatment of active trigger points increases blood flow, improves the muscle’s ability to relax, and decreases tension and pain. Dry needling is  often beneficial for patients dealing with:

Carpal tunnel
Tennis elbow
Rotator cuff injuries
Muscle strain
Neck pain and tension headaches
Piriformis syndrome
Plantar fasciitis
Chronic pain

therapist performing dry needling on mans shoulders

What to expect

Your first physical therapy appointment is about creating a personalized treatment plan based on your health history, diagnosis, and goals. Here’s what you can expect at your first physical therapy appointment:

Your first appointment will last about an hour. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

If applicable, bring your physician referral or prescription, insurance card, paperwork, ID, and co-payment.

At your appointment, we’ll do an initial evaluation and discuss your care plan.

*Services are not available at every location. Visit our Locations page for more details.

Physical therapy insurance & payment options

We work with most major insurance providers. Although coverage will vary from plan to plan, many physical therapy, occupational therapy and speciality therapy programs are covered under insurance. Learn more about our insurance coverage and self-pay options for physical therapy.