What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a skilled treatment where fine needles are inserted into muscle, tendons, and/or ligaments to treat pain, release trigger points and stimulate a healing response. Dry needling can be an effective treatment for many neuromusculoskeletal pain symptoms that can lead to improved movement, range of motion, and activity tolerance. The process is termed “dry” needling as there is nothing injected into the body but rather the process of inserting the needle into the body tissues creates the treatment effect.
Is it the same as acupuncture?
Dry needling is not the same as acupuncture. Acupuncture is an Eastern Medicine treatment that involves needles going just under the surface of the skin, not into deeper muscle tissue. The goal of acupuncture is to improve a person’s “Qi” or energy flow and uses meridan lines as its guide for treatment. Dry needling is a modern, science and research-based treatment that localizes to trigger points. Its goal is to restore function and mobility to muscle tissue. Conditions that can benefit from dry needling include, but are not limited to, acute and chronic neck pain and headache, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, and low back pain.
Is dry needling safe?
Research has shown that dry needling is safe, effective, and minimally invasive. It is performed by trained and certified physical therapists. Other healthcare professionals, specifically trained, may perform this too. Your physical therapist also uses professional and educational judgements and screening to ensure a patient is appropriate for the treatment.
Does my insurance cover dry needling?
Each insurance policy is different in coverage for dry needling. Your physical therapist and office staff can assist you in determining what your insurance covers. Our clinic does charge $10 each visit that includes dry needling, in order to cover cost of supplies.
Where is dry needling offered?
Select Therapy offers dry needling at all seven clinics.