Trigger Point Dry Needling
What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is an invasive procedure in which filiform needles are introduced into the skin and tissues below as an effective treatment for trigger points in muscles that cause headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, sports injuries, hamstring pulls, tennis elbow, tight muscles, strains and radiating pain. Dry Needling can be administered to most parts of the body including the neck, back, legs, arms, foot, face, jaw and hip.
What is a Trigger Point?
A Trigger Point is an area of a muscle which has tightened up involuntarily and causes pain. You may have heard this been referred to as a “knot” in the muscle.
Is Dry Needling Painful?
You can expect twitching sensations in the muscle during the procedure, but then it will cease. Muscle soreness after the procedure may linger for 1-2 days, but pain symptoms are expected to decrease. Other benefits of trigger point dry needling include improved range of motion of the affected joint and improved activation of the involved muscles. Dry Needling is often combined with stretching, manual therapy and strengthening.
Is Dry Needling Safe?
Our therapists at Evidence Physical Therapy have completed advanced training and are certified to safely perform trigger point dry needling on our patients.
Is Dry Needling the same as Acupuncture?
Trigger Point Dry Needling is not the same as Acupuncture. Acupuncture concentrates on “energy meridians” in the body whereas dry needling concentrates on muscle tension.
Will my Insurance Pay for Dry Needling?
The treatment of Dry Needling alone does not qualify for insurance reimbursement. It may qualify when combined with other physical therapy treatments but is insurance and plan dependent. Our facility accepts all major insurances. Our front desk staff will verify your benefits prior to dry needling treatment.
Evidence Physical Therapy offers at $50 Cash Pay option for half-hour dry needling sessions not associated with formal physical therapy sessions.