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The Needle and I: How Integrative Dry Needling (IDN) Can Help Manage Your Pain

Updated: Sep 12, 2023

Dry needling is a type of physical therapy that can be used to treat a variety of conditions. It involves the use of thin needles to release tight muscle fibers, which can help to relieve pain. Dry needling can be used to treat conditions such as headaches, various types of pain, spasticity and improve your flexibility. Dry needling is a safe and effective treatment option for many people.


Disclaimer: Information included in this blog is for informational purposes only and not meant as medical advise. Please consult a clinician that is familiar with your care, if

you have specific questions for your own care.



What Type of Needle is Used?

The needles used are a small monofilament needle. The gauge depends on the length of the needle, but is a smaller gauge than the needles used with injections.


How Does it Work?

Dry needling is based on the theory that trigger points (areas of muscle tension) can cause pain and other problems in the body. The insertion of the needle into the muscle works to break up the restrictions found in the muscle and relieve them. The act of insertion of the needle into the body, also signals healing factors into the affected area and promotes balance in the body. The overall aim of needling is to relieve pain and improve function, but many patients see not only improvements in muscle tension, pain and range of motion but also improved circulation and reduction in inflammation.



Is it Safe?

The most serious side effect is lung puncture can occur. In most cases, no treatment is required, but may require hospitalization in the most serious cases. The most common side effects are bruising and nerve pain. Overall, Integrative dry needling is a safe and effective treatment, especially when performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner. Special considerations are required for those on blood thinners, with active cancer and those that are pregnant - speak to your practitioner if you have concerns.


What Conditions is it for?

  • Pain (whether chronic or acute)

  • Sinus Pressure

  • Spasms

  • Spasticity

  • Muscle Stiffness

  • Joint Stiffness

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Hip Bursitis

  • IT Band Syndrome

  • Plantar Fascitis

  • Stroke

  • Brain Injury

  • Spinal Cord Injury

  • Parkinson's Disease

  • Headaches/Migraines

  • TMJ

Is it Acupuncture?

No. Both the theory and training for acupuncture versus dry needling are different. Dry needling focuses on the area of pain: if your pain is in your neck, the needles will be inserted into your neck and surrounding areas. Whereas acupuncture works on your meridians and energy flow and therefore pain in your neck, may be treated by inserting needles into other areas of the body.


Ready to Schedule Your Session?


It is important to speak with your doctor or physical therapist to see if dry needling is right for you.

Disclaimer: Information included in this blog is for informational purposes only and not meant as medical advise. Please consult a clinician that is familiar with your care, if you have specific questions for your own care.





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