Dr. Mike administering a dry needle treatment to a patient's hand.

How Does Dry Needling Work?

Dry needle technique is a complementary tool of physical medicine which causes a Local Twitch Response (LTR) of trigger points, manipulation of muscles/fascia/connective tissue, and elicits immunological cascades promoting blood flow and tissue homeostasis. Not only does needling take care of painful trigger points and tight muscles but also helps relieve irritation of nerves.

The technique uses a “dry” needle that has no medication or injection. The needle is inserted through the skin into tight areas in the muscle known as trigger points and targets dysfunctional tissues. Dry needling promotes relaxation of muscles and helps restore function through boosting the body’s immunity by creating micro lesions caused by the needle insertion.

Who Can Benefit from Dry Needling?

Dry needling can help anyone in need of muscular trigger point stimulation or stimulation of inactive muscles.

• Both athletes and non-athletes alike • Helps speed recovery from injury
• Relieve painful muscle conditions • Improve sports performance
• Improve musculoskeletal alignment and movement

What Conditions Can Be Helped by Dry Needling?

-Sub-occipital headaches & neck pain
-Back pain
-Muscle pain and imbalance
-Tennis elbow
-Neck tension and pain
-Shoulder and back pain
-Lumbopelvic disorders
-Postural disorders
-Frozen shoulder

-Carpal tunnel
-Rotator cuff injuries
-Hamstring pulls
-Achilles tendonosis
-Plantar fasciitis
-IT band pain
-Hip and gluteal pain
-Knee pain
-Foot pain

-Joint pain
-Repetitive motion injuries
-Whiplash-associated disorders
-Bell’s palsy
-Facial pain
-Muscular strains/ligament sprains
-Chronic pain
-Repetitive motion injuries

Dr. Mike administering a dry needle treatment to a patient's feet.

For more about how Dry Needling can help athletes, see our article
How Dry Needling can Help & Heal Athletes