Dry needling is used in physical therapy after advanced training. Physical therapists inserts a "dry" needle, one without medication or injection, into areas of the muscle. Dry needling is not acupuncture, which is based on traditional Chinese medicine. Dry needling is part of modern Western medicine and is supported by research.
A trigger point is a taut band of muscle that are usually tender to the touch. Dry needling is used to help release trigger points, improve muscle function and reduce pain.
After injury, the body sometimes reflexively "turns off" a muscle. Dry needling is often used to help activate muscles such as the gluteus maximus or multifidus (back muscle).
Dry needling is often used to address scars using gentle techniques. Our patients get outstanding benefits from incorporating functional dry needling.
Some of the conditions that are helped with functional dry needling are:
Orthopedic: back pain, neck pain, shoulder dysfunction, hip pain, knee injuries and headaches
Obstetric: after the first trimester, we use functional dry needling to address pelvic girdle pain, back pain, neck pain and headaches
Pelvic Floor: pudendal neuralgia, cesarean scar healing, perineal scar healing, pelvic pain, bladder pain, orthopedic pelvic pain, abdominal scar healing, chronic prostatitis and more
Our patients have described dry needling as "an absolute game changer" in terms of accelerating their pain relief and function.
We also offer class IV (therapeutic) laser.
These services are included in your session rate, but the state of Virginia requires a prescription for dry needling, which we can help obtain by contacting your provider. To book an appointment for dry neddling, contact us so we can get you to one of our certified dry needling practitioners.