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Dry Needling

  • Dry Needling (DN), also known as intramuscular Manual Therapy (IMT)/Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN), is a modern Western medical modality. DN is a procedure in which filiform needles are used to deactivate myofascial trigger points. It is NOT acupuncture.

    DN allows muscle spasms to relax and inhibits pain at a local and systemic level. Patients typically report immediate pain relief that can last a few hours to a few weeks to allow for restoration of normal muscle function. Frequency of DN treatment is different for each individual and used with other modalities and exercises in the center.

    What to Expect

    You will be evaluated by a licensed physical therapist and a personalized plan of care will be designed to meet your individual needs. Together, we will establish clear goals and begin treatment to help you heal in a positive and encouraging environment.

    Most patients will feel soreness from a few hours to two days, which is the normal response from dry needling. Bruising is expected sometimes within blood vessel areas. Any time needles are used there is a risk of infection. However, our highly trained therapists use a single packed, disposable and sterile needle during treatment.

    Conditions that Benefit from Dry Needling

    • Low back and neck pain, including radiculopathy
    • Shoulder and arm pain, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, impingement
    • Hip and leg pain, sciatica, muscle strain, calf-tightness/spasm
    • Foot and ankle sprain, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis
    • Headache, face and jaw pain
    • Fibromyalgia…And more!

    Services vary by location. Find a local Select Physical Therapy center to see if dry needling services are offered near you.