During the Procedure
Your dry needling practitioner will tell you the general site of the planned treatment and whether you need to remove any clothing. If so, a gown, towel or sheet will be provided. You lie on a padded table for the treatment.
During the dry needling treatment, one of our trained physicians insert thin sterilized, single-use needles into specific locations at various depths and times in your body. The insertion of the needles usually causes very little discomfort. In some cases, patients do not feel them inserted at all. Several needles may be used during a typical treatment.
Your practitioner may gently move the needles after placement or apply mild electrical pulses to the needles to receive maximum relief. The length of time the needles will be left in will vary. The needles may remain in place for only a few minutes based upon muscle twitch response or needles can be left in for thirty to forty five minutes for further treatment. All while you lie still and relax and can listen to music if you want! When it is time to remove them, there is usually no discomfort in this process and also little to no blood.
After the Procedure
After dry needling, soreness is very normal as you will note improvements in your symptoms within one to two days. Your practitioner will work with you to determine the optimal post-treatment plan. If your symptoms do not begin to improve, dry needling may not be right for you, and other treatment options will be advised to include, but not limited to chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, regenerative medicine and/or massage therapy.