Trigger Point Dry Needling - A Technique to Reduce Pain


A technique to reduce pain

Dry needling is a rapidly growing part of physical therapy. The focus of dry needling is to resolve trigger points that often cause pain to a patient. 

Trigger points are points located in muscles that are capable of referring pain that is often tender when pressed. Dry needling uses a thin needle to penetrate the tissue to release muscular trigger points. Patients have been known to experience reduced pain and improved functional movement following sessions.


$50 per session

Insurance coverage is limited.

Does dry needling hurt?

Typically, patients will feel pain although it is often short-lived. Generally, the level of pain does indicate the level of relief the patient will feel following treatment. If you do not feel it at all, the treatment is not working.

Is it safe?

We go to great lengths to ensure safety. Physical Therapists have passed necessary board exams, and have an understanding of anatomy in excess. We apply OSHA standards, use personal protective high-quality equipment, and have a very high standard of safety.

How will I feel after treatment?

The treatment area may be sore immediately after.  This is normal and does not always occur. Sometimes this is delayed for a few hours or until the next day. The soreness varies person to person but typically feels like you had an intense workout. Occasionally, patients will experience bruising with this soreness.  Symptoms are usually relieved in 1 to 2 days following a dry needling session. 

Do I need an order from my medical provider for dry needling?

Yes.  Talk to your medical provider to see if Dry Needling and physical therapy are right for you.  Your provider will be able to write an order if Dry Needling can help you.

Is trigger point dry needling different from acupuncture?

Yes.  The practice and philosophy of each is different.  Trigger point dry needling is based on traditional, studied and tested practices of Western Medicine to restore normal muscle function. In contrast, acupuncture follows Eastern Medicine practice and is based on the principle of holistic treatment while normalizing the energy imbalance (called Chi) in the body to cure syndromes.

Contact Information

For more information on Trigger Point Dry Needling, call 620.432.5378