Dry Needling

Physical Therapy Integrative Dry Needling

What is Integrative Dry Needling

Integrative Dry Needling (IDN) is a highly effective form of treatment for muscle, joint, and nerve pain. IDN is a type of alternative medicine. It is similar to acupuncture, however it is a separate and unique form of treatment. IDN has been used safely and effectively for thousands of years as a key component of "Traditional Chinese medicine."

How does dry needling work?

IDN stimulates the body’s own natural healing response, allowing the body to quickly recover from injury. IDN reduces pain by increasing blood flow to the area, bringing in oxygen and nutrients to the deprived soft tissue. The result breaks the cycle of spasm in tight muscle, reduces swelling in joints, and has a calming effect on nerves.

What conditions can be treated with dry needling?

Conditions treated include, but are not limited to neck, back and shoulder pain, arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow), headaches (migraines, tension type), jaw pain, buttock pain and leg pain (sciatica, hamstring strains, calf tightness/spasm and cramping, as well as pain from hyperactive nerves.

Is dry needling painful?

We strive to make the treatment virtually painless, however at times a local “twitch” response of the muscle may be felt. This “twitch” response is normal and is felt only momentarily. These sensations are normal and even desirable response, as it releases the trigger point (tightness in the muscle).

How will I feel after the dry needling treatment?

This will vary, but most patients experience immediate relief of symptoms and have increased mobility. Most patients feel a warming sensation around the needling sites, as well as a relaxation of the soft tissue.

How many treatments will I need?

This will vary depending on the state of the injury and your overall health. We are trying to make permanent changes in the soft tissue to reduce pain. Generally the sooner treatment is implemented, the quicker the results. Your therapist will give you more insight after and initial assessment.

What should I do to prepare for the treatment?

  • Do not eat 30 minutes before your treatment
  • Be well hydrated
  • Wear lose fitting clothing, shorts and other clothing that allow access for treatment

What does a typical treatment cost?

Your IDN session is typically billed through your insurance, as part of a comprehensive physical therapy session Cost will depend on your insurance benefits. Our office staff will be able to provide you with more information. Private pay options are also available.

"I've had such success at Rehab Associates! They even followed up with me long after my first round of PT treatment was finished to see how I was doing and welcomed me back to get me to a better place with my bad ankle. Each therapist has paid close attention to my individual treatment and come up with good exercises for my specific needs (ankle rehab). I recommend Rehab Associates whenever someone needs physical therapy, including their trained PTs for dry needling (for nerve damage/pain). Thank you!"

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