What is dry needling?
Dry needling is a research-based technique that HealthSpan PT utilizes to treat pain and movement impairments. This method of treatment involves the use of a "dry" needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle.
Why Dry Needling?
Dry needling is actually one technique that is part of a larger treatment plan. When Dr. Schmidt treats patients with this method, trigger points are released or inactivated to relieve pain and improve range of motion. Research shows that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. Patients who choose dry needling may notice a quicker return to active rehabilitation.
What Kind of Needles Are Used?
Dry needling involves a thin filiform needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues. There is no injectable solution and typically the needle that is used is very thin. Most patients will not even feel the needle penetrate the skin, but once it advances into the muscle, the discomfort can vary from patient to patient.
Physical therapists wear gloves and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when dry needling, consistent with Standard Precautions, Guide to Infection Prevention for Outpatient Settings, and OSHA standards. The sterile needles are disposed of in a medical sharps collector.
What can dry needling help?
Dry needling can be an excellent adjunct to therapy for many ailments. It is typically best utilized in soft tissue injuries. Some common ailments dry needling can be effective for include:
Overuse syndromes including tennis elbow, rotator cuff tendinitis
Muscle and joint pain
Low back pain or sciatica
Neck pain and Headaches
Muscle injuries and Knots
Can I come for JUST dry needling?
Dry needling works best as part of comprehensive physical therapy plan of care. However, some people do use it intermittently to keep their pain under control. While we would encourage you to seek physical therapy for your pain, YES - you can come to see use for just dry needling.
Does insurance pay for dry needling?
Unfortunately insurance does not pay for dry needling at this time.
How much does it cost?
Cost of dry needling is as follows
Current patients - $30 ea visit
Just coming for needling
$50 for the first visit
$30 for ea visit after