Dry Needling

Trigger point dry needling (TrP-DN) is very similar to acupuncture in that a highly trained professional inserts a monofilament needle into your muscles which promotes increased blood flow and healing benefits to the area. It differs from acupuncture in the purpose and language used. For example, TrP-DN releases pain and tightness of specific muscles where acupuncture aims at opening energy channels for chi to flow.

Trigger Point Dry needling is a Western modality performed by a Doctor of Physical Therapy who has post-graduate studies and certifications. TrP-DN can lead to release of tension, decreased or resolved muscle spasms, and improved symptoms. These results are often long lasting, especially when the root cause of the ailment is also addressed.

Popular areas or dysfunctions treated with Trigger point dry needling include shoulder pain, tight upper trapezius muscles, temporomandibular joint (TMJ), headaches, piriformis syndrome or sciatica, ankle and foot issues among others.

To pursue dry needling, an already established patient who has graduated from their PT program can purchase dry needling bundles for continued maintenance and upkeep. For individuals desiring to pursue TrP-DN outside of insurance, a screening evaluation can be scheduled and a plan made for subsequent dry needling sessions.