Dry Needling

Dry needling uses thin needles (similar to acupuncture) that are placed into the skin to treat trigger points or “knots” in the muscles that cause pain. Dry needling affects the area around the knots, making changes in the chemicals that contribute to pain. Dry needling is not acupuncture, and physical therapists are not allowed to do acupuncture unless they have a license to do so. Dry needling can also be done with or without electric stimulation and mostly depends on the goals of the treatment.  We offer both trigger point and electrical dry needling.

Cash-based Dry Needling Services

Dry needling is an out-of-pocket expense.  Insurance companies do not currently pay for dry needling.  Please call our office for further details on pricing.  It is a three-tier pricing system based on time, complexity, and number of muscle groups.

Semi-standardized electrical dry needling includes:

  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Headaches (including migraine)
  • Shoulder pain and arthritis
  • Thoracic pain
  • Low back pain and sacroiliitis or sacroiliac pain
  • Iliotibial (IT) band pain
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Foot pain and numbness
  • Please inquire if you don’t see your problem here

We also instruct in corrective exercises, stretching, strengthening, cupping, manual work, or taping as needed.

All treatments are individualized to our patients’ needs.

Generally, our electric dry needling protocols are 45 minutes long; however, trigger point dry needling is often a shorter amount of time and will be prorated accordingly.

A word about acupuncture: acupuncture is an entire specialty of its own that encompasses whole-body care with its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. If you are looking for an acupuncturist, we can steer you in the right direction. Just ask!

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