How Does Dry Needling Work?

Dry needling is based on neuro-anatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. It is not acupuncture! (traditional Chinese medicine)
A very fine filament needle is inserted through the skin and into the deeper tissues that are considered trigger points to your pain. Dry needling works by causing a micro lesion within the pathological tissue thus breaking up shortened tissues, inhibiting a reflex arc from the nervous system to the tissue, normalizing the inflammatory response, and centrally mediating the pain.
This mechanical and neuromuscular effect provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal which ultimately reduces pain.

It can help with the following ailments but is not limited to these:

  • Shoulder Pain (impingement & rotator cuff tear)
  • Back Pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritic Pain
  • Improves mobility and reduces stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Knee Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Elbow Pain (golfer’s elbow & tennis elbow)
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Improve sleep
  • Recover from exercise & activity faster


Dry Needling with Scoliosis and Scars:

Dry Needling is a powerful tool to be used in the prevention and recovery of an injury. It can be used to resolve most musculoskeletal and neuromuscular issues. It can help improve joint mobility and tissue extensibility.

Functional changes are made in record time and patients leave feeling incredible. They are super relaxed and find that they can move much more freely without pain.

Dry needling allows for the muscle tissue to reset when there is a trigger point or knot. This knot is an unfinished chemical reaction that has only partly taken place. When the dry needle is inserted and the proper technique is utilized it allows for the reaction to fully take place. When this happens the muscle tissue relaxes and releases.

Not only are there changes to the muscle tissue but the entire fascial system has a change. Imagine if you were holding a 5-pound weight for 1 hour and then you let it go. Your arm would feel much lighter and the tension would have been reduced.  Dry Needling does something similar, where it allows for a muscle to completely relax.

This technique triggers an autonomic nervous system response. The parasympathetic nervous system kicks in and allows the entire body to relax. This yields results for better sleep. We all know that when we sleep we heal. Dry Needling allows the body to return to homeostasis and heal. It speeds up the healing process by triggering the PNS. Some people report a spike in their sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) as well and have energy the next day.

Top 3 Benefits:

Relieve Pain and Muscle Tightness

What makes dry needling an effective way to reduce pain in specific areas of the body is that it targets trigger points. Let’s say you’re suffering from shoulder or neck pain, the therapist will insert needles into detected trigger points. The needles will release tension, inflammation, chemicals, and pressure in the muscles that have caused the pain. The results will lead to an improved range of motion and immediate pain relief.

Improved Range of Motion

Similar to how dry needling relieves tension and pressure in trigger points, this process helps improve the overall movement of an injury. If you’re an athlete who is constantly on the move, having fluid movement and having a full range of motion is key to your success. Let’s use the shoulder again as an example. if you’re a baseball player, having a full range of motion in your shoulder is important when successfully throwing a baseball. By constantly throwing a baseball, you put a lot of stress on your shoulder and it’s important to relax your muscles and reduce tightness. Dry needling can help reduce this pain and improve the overall function of your shoulder so you won’t feel constant discomfort in your shoulder or another injury.

Speeds Up Recovery

Anytime you suffer an injury, the worst and longest part is the recovery process. Yes, some injuries require longer recovery periods than other but regardless, we’re all anxious to get back to full strength. With dry needling, patients have experienced quicker pain relief and improved range of motion. This is one of the best benefits of dry needling therapy as it speeds up the healing process compared to other treatment options.

With improved mobility, decreased pain people can start to exercise more. When we exercise we change our physiology and this can help with mindset. It will decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety. Something to try once you are out of pain and able to walk better is to walk outside for 30 minutes 3 times a week. It is about forming a new healthy habit that will, over time, benefit you to reduce pain and improve mood and happiness.