Dry Needling

Dry Needling

A safe and effective way to ease muscle pain

Because of it’s ability to loosen stiff muscles, ease joint pain, and improve blood flow and oxygen circulation, dry needling can provide positive results for those who are trying to relieve pain, enhance sports performance, recover faster from an injury, or prevent and reduce chronic pain.

Benefits of Dry Needling

Relieve Pain and Muscle Tightness
A physical therapist can identify the neurologic level, knots and trigger points that are causing pain and use dry needling to help restore the associated nerves and muscles. The needles will improve blood flow, reduce inflammation, tension, and pressure on the associated joints and muscles. Once the muscle has relaxed you will experience pain relief.

Improved Range of Motion
Every time we move we put stress on our joints and muscles. In some cases, certain parts of the body encounter repetitive stress in the same area. Relaxed muscles that aren’t tight are able to move freely – increasing the range of motion.

Speed Up Recovery with Dry Needling
Some injuries require longer periods of recovery than other, but no matter the amount of time, the end goal is to get back to full mobility and strength as quickly as possible. Experience has shown that patients who have undergone dry needling, compared to other treatment options, have experienced a faster healing process in regards to pain relief and range of motion.

Dry Needling FAQ

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is a highly effective treatment technique for a multitude of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. It is not appropriate for everyone, use of this technique will be at the discretion of your physical therapist. Learn more here.

How does dry needling work?

Dry needling is NOT the same as acupuncture. A very fine filament needle is inserted through the skin into either a homeostatic neurological point or deeper “trigger points” in the muscle that are the source of pain. This causes a micro lesion that increases blood flow, decreases inflammation and disrupts the trigger points – resulting in a reduction of pain.

What conditions does it treat?

Conditions include, but are not limited to: neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, and arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow), buttock and leg pain (sciatica, hamstring strain, calf tightness/spasms), headaches, and jaw pain.

Is dry needling painful?

The filament used is very thin and flexible which helps to reduce any discomfort. We strive to make the tequnique virtually painless. However, at times a local twitch response may be felt in your muscle, this is normal and is only felt momentarily.

How will I feel afterwards?

This will vary from patient to patient, but common responses to dry needling include immediate relief, increase in range of motion, immediate or delayed muscle soreness, and mild bruising. An increase in symptoms is not common so if you experience this, let your therapist know and they will adjust your program.

Will I continue my other physical therapy treatments?

Yes, dry needling will be integrated into your pre-existing physical therapy regime. The number of dry needling treatments needed will also correspond with your physical therapy treatments and will be determined by your therapist.

How should I prepare for my dry needling treatment?

Do not eat for 30 minutes prior to your dry needling appointment. Come well hydrated but empty your bladder prior to treatment. Wear loose fitting clothing that allow for the treatment area to be exposed.

What should I do afterwards?

Our recommendations will vary based on your response to treatment. It may include increasing water intake, apply heat or ice over the area, performing gentle stretches or activity modifications.

Is dry needling covered by my insurance?

Dry needling should correspond with your physical therapy benefits. Any further questions can be directed to our billing department.

Are therapists formally trained to perform dry needling?

Yes, in order to be approved to perform dry needling, physical therapists must complete numerous hours of training and ongoing skill reviews.

Dry needling in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Caledonia, Allendale, Wayland, Sparta, Spring Lake

Dry needling goes right to the source of pain, often making a difference more quickly than other therapies.

Physical therapy can help even the most personal symptoms

“My doctor referred me to Northern because I had constant back pain. I couldn’t stand, sit, or walk for long periods of time – and forget about doing housework! After just three sessions I noticed a huge improvement improvement. Thank you, Northern!” – Kathy B., Caledonia patient