WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING? DO I HAVE TO GET IT DONE?
Dry needling is an adjunct to manual therapy and corrective exercise but is by no means required for your recovery. It can, however, help to expedite recovery from a variety of ailments. It is a procedure in which your physical therapist will insert a thin monofilament needle, which is similar to an acupuncture needle, into a taut band of muscle to cause a micro-trauma to facilitate a healing process. The most alarming sensation to patients is that the muscle does twitch in response to disrupting a trigger point. The number of needles required varies dependent on muscle size & injury, but on average, you can expect you physical therapist to use 4-6 needles during one treatment session. You will feel sore for 24-48 hours after treatment but should notice an immediate, within session change of your range of motion or movement pattern. If you feel extremely sore after dry needling, we recommend using a heat pack, increasing your water intake, and light exercise.view all faqs