Dry needling is a therapeutic technique in which a trained physical therapist inserts small, sterile, filament needles into the skin and muscle. Dry needling evokes a healing response in painful muscular conditions.

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is a physical therapy technique where the physical therapist uses very thin needles to penetrate skin and muscles, triggering a twitch response. This causes muscles to loosen and lengthen, which helps relieve pain. Some patients report feeling a slight pinch when the needles are inserted, but most describe the procedure as relatively painless.

What are the benefits?

Dry needling is an effective pain management tool and a way of stimulating healing in injured areas. It goes after the direct and palpable source of pain. Physical therapists use dry needling to effectively treat a variety of ailments, from headaches and chronic back pain to tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.


Our Frequently Asked Questions give answers to the questions many of our new patients have before coming in for their first visit.

How long after dry needling before I see improvement?

In many cases, improved mobility is immediate and decreased pain is felt within 24 hours. Typically, it takes a few treatment sessions (once or twice a week for 3-4 weeks, or 6-8 treatments) for a lasting positive effect. It is most effective when combined with other physical therapy treatments, including stretching and strengthening.