What Is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is a general term for a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the muscle in the area of the body which produces pain and typically contains a trigger point. There is no injectable solution and typically the needle that is used is very thin. Most patients will not even feel the needle penetrate the skin, but once it advances into the muscle, the discomfort can vary from patient to patient. Usually a healthy muscle feels very little discomfort upon insertion of the needles; however, if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or contains active trigger points, the patient may feel a sensation much like a muscle cramp, often referred to as a “twitch response”.
The patient may only feel the cramping sensation locally or they may feel a referral of pain or similar symptoms for which they are seeking treatment. Typically, positive results are apparent within 2-4 treatment sessions but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms, and overall health of the patient.
Dry Needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even pain and injury prevention, with very few side effects. This technique is unequaled in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits.
Dry Needling is performed by clinicians who have taken specific courses and who have successfully passed testing to become Certified Dry Needling Specialists. All clinicians at HealthWorks providing Dry Needling services are certified specialists.