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1. How does it work?
Integrative Dry Needling is not acupuncture (traditional Chinese medicine). It is based on neuroanatomy, a modern scientific
study of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. A very fine filament needle is inserted through the skin and into the
deeper tissues that are considered trigger points to your pain. Dry needling works by causing a micro lesion within the
pathological tissue; thus breaking up shortened tissues, inhibiting a reflex arc from the nervous system to the tissue, normalizing
the inflammatory response, and centrally mediating the pain. This mechanical and neuromuscular effect provides an environment
that enhances the body’s ability to heal which ultimately reduces pain.
2. What conditions can be treated?
Conditions include, but are not limited to neck, back and shoulder pain, arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s
elbow), headache to include migraines and tension-type headaches, jaw pain, buttock pain and leg pain (sciatica, hamstrings
strains, calf tightness/spasms).
3. Are the needles sterile?
Yes, we only use sterile, disposable needles.
4. Is the procedure painful?
The fine filament needle is very thin, solid, and flexible, which allows for the needle to be pushed through the skin, versus
cutting the skin. This helps reduce any discomfort that may occur with the procedure. We strive to make the treatment virtually
painless; however, at times a local twitch response of the muscle may be felt. When the needle is inserted into the pathological
tissue, the local twitch response sensation is normal and is felt only momentarily. Many patients describe this twitch response as
a little electrical shock, cramp or an ache sensation. These sensations are perfectly normal and even a desirable response. Your
PT will make every effort to make your experience comfortable and therapeutic.
5. How will I feel after the Dry Needling treatment?
This will vary, but many patients experience immediate relief of their symptoms and an increase in range of motion.
Soreness can also be a common response from the needling but does not occur with all people. Some individuals may experience
an immediate achiness or a delayed soreness the next day. The soreness, if present, will usually last 1-2 days; use of heat and
light massage and movement will be beneficial. Mild bruising may occur at the needling sites and is more prevalent in certain
parts of the body. Larger bruising may also occur but is rare. Application of ice on the bruise will help with the soreness, and the
skin discoloration will last several days but is not harmful. It is uncommon but possible that the treatment may temporarily
increase your symptoms. This is not unusual, but if this continues past the 1-2 day window, inform your PT to allow adjustment
of your program and enhance your comfort the next time. This does not mean that needling will not be beneficial to your
6. Will I continue to do exercises or receive other treatments?
Yes, your personalized physical therapy program will still integrate traditional physical therapy methods including manual
therapy, therapeutic exercise, endurance training, stabilization and posture training.
7. How many treatments will I need?
This will depend on the category you fit in, which is determined by the state of the injury and your overall health. Remember,
we are attempting to cause mechanical and biochemical changes without any pharmacological means. Therefore, we are looking
for a cumulative response to break the pain cycle. Your PT will be able to give you more insight after your evaluation.
8. What should I do to prepare for the treatment?
Do not eat 30 minutes before the treatment.
Be well hydrated but empty your bladder prior to treatment.
Wear lose fitting clothing, shorts, or bathing suit for easy access to your painful areas.
9. What should/can I do after treatment, what should I avoid?
Our recommendations vary depending on the amount of soreness you have and on the individual response to the treatment.
Recommendations may include increasing your water intake, applying heat or ice over the area, gentle stretches and
modifications of activities.
10. Is Dry Needling treatment covered by my insurance?
This is dependent on your insurance plan. Most insurance companies do not cover dry needling. In this case, dry needling
will be provided as a cash pay service and billed out depending on the number of needles and body area needled. Estimated cost
is $25.00 for 1-4 muscles, $50.00 for half the body, and $70.00 for the whole body.
Not all medical or physical therapy professionals are trained to perform the IDN treatment technique. The physical therapist
at YOUR CLINIC has advanced training and has been certified through the Integrative Dry Needling Institute.
D R Y N E E D L I N G
Integrative Dry Needling (IDN) is a highly effective form of physical therapy for the treatment of a multitude of musculoskeletal
and neuromuscular conditions. It is not appropriate for all conditions or pathologies, and the use of the technique will be at the
discretion of your Physical Therapist.