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Integrative Dry Needling

Integrative Dry Needling is a highly effective form of physical therapy for the treatment of a multitude of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. It is not appropriate for all conditions and the use of this technique will be at the discretion of your physical therapist.

How does it work?

Integrative dry needling is not acupuncture (traditional Chinese medicine), it is based on the neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. A very fine filament needle is inserted through the skin and into the deeper tissues that are considered trigger points to your pain. Dry needling works by causing a micro lesion within the pathological tissue thus breaking up shortened tissues, inhibiting a reflex arc from the nervous system to the tissue, normalizing the inflammatory response, and centrally mediating the pain.

This mechanical and neuromuscular effect provides an environment that enhances the body's ability to heal which ultimately reduces pain.

What conditions can be treated?

Conditions include, but are not limited to pain in neck, back, shoulder pain, arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer's elbow), headaches including migraines and tension-type headaches, jaw pain, buttock pain and leg pain (sciatica, hamstring strain, calf tightness/spasms).

Is the procedure painful?

The fine filament needle is very thin, solid, and flexible, which allows for the needle to be pushed through the skin versus cutting the skin. This helps reduce any discomfort that may occur with the procedure. We strive to make the treatment virtually painless however at times a local twitch response of the muscle may be felt. When the needle is inserted into the pathological tissue the local twitch response sensation is normal and is only felt momentarily. Many patients describe this twitch response as a little electric shock, cramp, or an ache sensation. These sensations are perfectly normal and even a desirable response. Your therapist will make every effort to make your experience comfortable and therapeutic.

How will I feel after the Dry Needling treatment?

This will vary but most patients experience immediate relief of their symptoms and an increase in range of motion. Soreness can also be a common response from the needling but does not occur with all people. some individuals may experience an immediate achiness or a delayed soreness the next day. The soreness, if present, will usually last 1-2 days, use of heat and light massage and movement will be beneficial. Mild bruising may occur at the needling sites and is more prevalent in certain parts of the body. Larger bruising may also occur, but is rare. Application of ice on the bruise will help with the soreness and the skin discoloration will last several days if present but is not harmful.

It is uncommon but possible that the treatment may temporarily increase your symptoms. This is not unusual but if this continues past the 1-2 day window, inform the physical therapist to allow for adjustment of your program to enhance your comfort the next time. This does not mean that needling will not be beneficial to your condition. 

Will I continue to do exercises or receive other treatments?

Yes, your personalized physical therapy program will still integrate traditional physical therapy methods including manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, endurance training, stabilization and posture training. 

How many treatments will I need?

This will depend on the category you fit into, which is determined by the state of your injury and your overall health. Remember we are attempting to cause mechanical and biochemical changes without any pharmacological means. Therefore, we are looking for a cumulative response to break the pain cycle. Your physical therapist will be able to give you more insight after your evaluation.

What should I do to prepare for the treatment?

  • Do not eat 30 minutes before the treatment

  • Be well hydrated but empty your bladder prior to the treatment

  • Wear lose fitting clothing, shorts, or bathing suit for easy access to your painful areas

Is Dry Needling treatment covered by my insurance?

This is a physical therapy treatment and is NOT acupuncture therefore your coverage of dry needling should correspond with your physical therapy benefits. You can discuss this further with our administrative staff if you require more information. 

Treatment Charges:

$50/ single session

$135/ 3 sessions

$175/ 4 sessions

$120/ New Patient Evaluation (without insurance coverage)

What kind of training is needed to preform Dry Needling?

Not all medical or physical therapy professionals are trained to preform the Integrative Dry Needling treatment technique. The physical therapists here at Rehabilitation Consultants Inc. have advanced training and have been certified through the Integrative Dry Needling Institute.

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