Offered at both our Lexington & Columbia locations, dry needling is a widely accepted physical therapy treatment that is similar to acupuncture, but not the same. It has the ability to promote biomechanical and chemical changes within the muscle without the use of drugs by targeting the body's own unique mechanisms of tissue healing and pain relief. Unfortunately, due to insurance guidelines, this is a non-covered service which may required pre-payment.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a highly effective treatment in identifying and eliminating hidden sources of neuromuscular disorder. The treatment involves inserting a tiny monofilament needle in the muscle in order to release shortened bands of muscles and decrease trigger point activity. The needle itself is "dry," meaning it is absent of any liquid or medication. This can help resolve pain and muscle tension, promoting healing. It is a safe and low cost modality that is easy to administer and has minimal side effects if performed by a trained practitioner.
*Dry needling is not injection of any medicine, only the placement of the needle.*
Who can benefit from dry needling?
Chronic pain patients (fibromyalgia)
Anyone suffering from pain and dysfunction due to trigger points or tight muscles
Chronic headaches (tension/migraines)
Athletes with acute or recurring injuries
What will I feel?
Most patients do not feel the insertion of the needle. The local twitch response elicits a very brief painful response (normally less than one second). Some describe this as an electric shock or as a cramping sensation. Again, the therapeutic response occurs with the elicitation of the local twitch response, and that is a good and desirable reaction.