Functional Dry Needling®

Dry needling is a highly effective treatment, unequaled in identifying and eliminating referring or “hidden” sources of neuromuscular disorder. The treatment involves identifying the source of the pain and advancing a small filament needle into the related muscles, eliciting a small twitch response and then relaxing of the muscle.

The identification and stimulation of these trigger points can “reboot” the muscle to alleviate both the original problem area as well as the secondary pain. Many patients experience dramatic pain relief and improved function in just a few treatments, often with lasting relief.

Your physical therapist is trained by KinetaCore® has met requirements for Level 1 (27 hours of training) competency in Functional Dry Needling®, and is currently in training to become a certified Functional Dry Needling® Practitioner. All training was in accordance with requirements dictated by this facility and by the U.S. state of this practitioner’s licensure.


What is dry needling?

Dry needing is a treatment technique utilized by physical therapists to treat pain and movement impairments. It utilizes an acupuncture-like needle to penetrate into the dysfunctional tissue, to reduce pain and restore normal function of the muscle.

Will dry needling hurt?

Maybe…Everyone’s experience with dry needling is different. Some patients hardly feel a thing, while others do experience some pain during the treatment. Most people do experience some degree of muscle soreness for a day or two after dry needling, but this is normal and expected.

What conditions are treated using dry needling?

Dry needling can be used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. It is commonly used in treating headaches, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, low back pain, and Achilles tendinitis.

Is dry needling the same as acupuncture?

No. Although both treatments utilize the same type of needle, they are used very differently. Dry needling penetrates deeper into tissue than acupuncture to reset the soft tissues that are causing pain and dysfunction.

What are the side effects of dry needling?

The most common, and expected, side effect of dry needling is muscle soreness. This can last a few hours to a couple of days after treatment. Other, less common, side effects can include bruising, bleeding, and emotional changes such as elation or fatigue after treatment.

How does dry needling work?

Insertion of the needle into taught bands of muscle called trigger points stimulate a spontaneous twitch response. This feels like a very brief cramp or spasm of the muscle. This twitch response causes a release of acid and other products of muscle metabolism that are harmful to the muscle. It also resets a neural bundle around the muscle, allowing it to elongate to its normal resting length. It is like hitting the reset button on a muscle to let it work how it is supposed to.

Will I be dry needled at every visit?

No. Dry needling is an optional technique that is left to the discretion of the patient if the therapist believes you are a candidate for it. If you choose to try dry needling, it will only be used on a periodic basis, not at every visit.

Does it cost extra?

No. It does not cost extra.