How Dry Needling Can Help You With Your Aches and Pains

By: Vanessa Yolen

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neu- romusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. Dry needling (DN) is a technique used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissue, and, diminish persistent peripheral no- ciceptive input, and reduce or restore impairments of body structure and function leading to improved activity and participation.

What A Typical Dry Needling Session Looks Like

The sessions will begin typically with heat application to the area in which you are receiving treatment. Following the heat application needles are then inserted into the fascia and muscle belly of the affected area. The sensation of the needle is hardly noticeable as they are extremely thin. The needles are left in for roughly 3-5 minutes and occasionally spun as a means to release tension points under the skin. Once the trigger point is released the needles are removed and safely disposed of. The sessions are finalized with movement, therapeutic exercise, and stretching. You can expect to be sore for 24-48 hours post treatment. The frequency of treatments are determined by the amount of tension you are holding, how you respond to your first treatment, and how many areas your provider is working on with you.


Remember This

  • Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular and connective tissues.¬†
  • It activates and facilitates repair mechanisms such as anti-inflammatory reactions,tissue regeneration and pain modulation.
  • It also stimulates nervous, cardiovascular, immune and endocrine systems to help the body return to normal functioning
  • It is primarily used for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments¬†
  • Acute overload of muscles (pulled muscles)
  • Chronic repetitive overuse of muscles


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