Dry Needling

Dry needling helps manage and evaluate neuromusculoskeletal conditions, pain, movement impairments, and other disabilities. Our skilled therapists at First Choice PT can help you release muscle tension, stimulate inactive muscles, reduce unwanted stiffness, and get rid of recurring headaches without side effects!

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What Is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a technique performed by our physical therapists. It utilizes filiform needles to penetrate the skin as well as underlying tissues, including trigger points, muscles, and connective tissues. It is NOT acupuncture. It focuses on reducing pain, accelerating healing, and reducing muscle tension. It is a part of Western medicine principles and is backed by extensive research.

Can I Benefit From Dry Needling?

Dry needling has been successful in treating multiple ailments, including:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Strains & Sprains
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Tendinitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Foot & Hand Pain
  • & More

If your symptoms can be helped with dry needling, your therapist will suggest it to you—but if they don’t, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask since it can be incorporated into many recovery programs!

Does Dry Needling Hurt?

This is the most common question asked by First Choice PT clients that are considering dry needling treatment. The majority of clients report no pain when the needle is placed. Once the needle is inserted into the trigger point, there can be a dull ache or a twitch response within the muscle. This is a great sign indicating the trigger point is being released and the treatment is working. This sensation is very fast.

Discomfort can be dependent upon the body part as well. Some areas of the body, particularly the calves, hands, and feet can be a little bit more uncomfortable than the large muscles of the glutes, shoulders, and back. Technique can be modified to increase comfort. Needles are significantly smaller than those used to inject medications. One of the many benefits of dry needling is that it has few risks or side effects. Sterile and disposable needles are always used.

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How Does It Work?

Dry needling focuses on the deep relationship between our bodies and our central nervous system. The thin filament needle stimulates trigger points in connective and muscle issues. Trigger points can make it difficult to perform everyday activities due to sharp, full-body pain, but dry needling is geared towards reducing that pain, speeding up the healing process, and giving clients the relief they’re seeking.

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