Dry Needling

Dry needling is an option offered by physical therapists, but one that has resulted in significant excitement due to the positive impact it has had on many people. 

Dry needling is a treatment that uses a filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate trigger points and knots within the muscles and soft tissue.  These trigger points are taut bands of muscle fibers within a larger group of muscles. Muscles with trigger points fatigue faster, have less power and have a slower recovery from activities. 


Myofascial trigger points are common in muscles that are over-used or that have been damaged due to injury. Trigger points are frequently tender to touch and can refer pain to other areas of the body. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunctions within the muscles. 

Dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injuries, conditions such as osteoarthritis, muscle spasms, tendinitis, chronic low back and neck pain, plantar fasciitis, and several other conditions. Positive results and an increase in flexibility of the muscle can vary but are usually apparent within 2-4 treatments sessions.  


Does Dry-Needling Hurt? 

Most people do not feel the insertion of the needle. Once in the muscle, the feeling of discomfort can vary, from cramping to a muscle twitch to the reproduction of the pain or similar symptoms for which treatment is being sought.   

Can Anyone Do Dry-Needling?


Only those trained and certified in dry-needling can provide this treatment. Every Performance location has specialists certified in dry needling

Don't know if Dry Needling is right for you? 


If you're not sure if you need physical therapy for your pain or condition, please call us at 401.726.7100 and ask to speak to a physical therapist, or request an appointment. 


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