What is dry needling?
Dry Needling is a skilled technique performed by using thin filiform needles to penetrate the skin and/or underlying tissues to affect change in body structures and functions for the evaluation and management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, pain, movement impairments, and disability.
What conditions do you treat with dry needling?
Our clinic utilizes dry needling to treat conditions of the muscle, fascia, and tendons. This includes tendinitis and myofascial pain of the spine, neck and/or extremities.
What are the benefits of dry needling?
- Increase Range of Motion
- Decease Pain
- Restores Function
Our providers that perform dry needling are certified level 1 and 2 through Evidence In Motion© (Previously Kinetacore). Evidence In Motion is considered the leading provider of health care education solutions in the industry.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT DRY NEEDLING
What is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?
Acupuncture uses needles for the purpose of altering the flow of Qi or energy along traditional Chinese meridians. Dry needling uses needles for the purpose of evaluating and treating musculoskeletal conditions.
What are the physiological effects of dry needling?
- Increase Blood Flow
One of the very visible and obvious responses to dry needling is an erythemic (redness) response on the skin suggesting increased blood flow to the area being needled.
- Restores Normal Muscle Fiber Length (Decrease Banding)
After needling is performed, there is a normal length tension relationship of the muscle allowing for a more efficient contraction.
- Decreases Electrical Activity
A local twitch response has shown to normalize acetylcholine levels at the neuromuscular junction. Other changes include elevated levels of hydrogen ions, neurotransmitters, cytokines, and chemokines.
- Central Nervous System Changes
It is thought that the sensory stimulus from dry needling may drive the gate control mechanism for pain reduction at the level of the central nervous system.
Why should I get dry needling done?
Dry needling is a very effective way to help increase range of motion, decrease pain, and to restore normal muscle function.
Does insurance cover dry needling?
Not typically, however, some insurance carriers will cover it if the treatment is incorporated into a plan of care with physical therapy.