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Dry Needling: Things You Should Know

Man getting dry needling in upper neck

Understanding this therapy and how it can help you!

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling involves the insertion of small, fine needles in areas of the body. Dry needling focuses on trigger points within the muscles and connective tissue, while acupuncture focuses on meridians and pathways. The goal of dry needling is to alleviate pain, reduce muscle tensions, and promote body healing/recovery.

How Does Dry Needling Work?

Experts carefully insert fine needles into trigger points to promote increased blood flow and the release of tension. These trigger points often harbor pain, discomfort, and limited mobility due to muscle knots, spasms, or injuries. By stimulating these points, the body’s natural healing processes are triggered, resulting in pain reduction and an enhanced sense of overall well-being.

Conditions Treated With Dry Needling

This approach has demonstrated its efficacy across a range of conditions. Common Conditions:

  • Chronic pain

  • Back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Headaches

  • TMJ Issues

  • Whiplash

  • Carpal Tunel

  • Strains of Muscles

  • Muscle knots

  • Sports-related injuries

  • Fibromyalgia

The versatility of this approach positions it as a valuable tool in addressing diverse musculoskeletal issues.

The Procedure and Sensation

After an initial assessment to pinpoint trigger points, fine needles are delicately inserted into these points. The sensation during needle insertion is typically described as fleeting discomfort – a minor sensation. Some individuals might experience a twitch or mild ache, indicating the release of tension. Any post-session soreness is transient and akin to the muscle soreness felt after a mild workout.

Benefits and Considerations

The advantages of this technique are significant. Beyond pain relief, it contributes to enhanced range of motion, improved muscle function, and an overall improved quality of life. However, individual considerations are vital. Pregnant individuals and those with specific medical conditions should consult healthcare professionals before undergoing this approach.

What Research Says

The efficacy is substantiated by a growing body of research. Numerous studies highlight its positive impact on pain reduction, enhanced muscle function, and overall well-being. As the evidence continues to accumulate, it solidifies its position as a reputable and effective option within the realm of alternative therapies.


Dry needling is an effective treatment to help with pain relief and improve your musculoskeletal health. If you are interested in this technique or have any questions, please contact us.

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