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Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is a technique used by a physical therapist to treat a variety of musculoskeletal issues such as back pain, shoulder pain, and hip pain. This technique uses a “dry” needle that gets inserted through the skin onto trigger points in your muscles or tissues.


What are the benefits of Dry Needling?

Dry Needling may provide some relief to sore muscles and stiffness. Easing the trigger points may improve flexibility and increase the range of motion in those areas. 

What kind of needles are used?

The needle used is a thin filiform needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues.

Is Dry Needling the same as Acupuncture?

 Dry needling is not the same as acupuncture, it is part of modern Western medicine principles, while Acupuncture is part of Eastern Medicine. 

Are there side effects to Dry Needling? 

Side effects due to dry needling are very mild in most cases.

You might experience these side effects in the injection site: 

  • Temporary soreness that lasts 24-48 hrs.
  • Bruising may occur. 

Where can you get Dry Needling done?

At any of our three physical therapy clinics by our licensed physical therapists. Give us a call to schedule an appointment with one of our therapists if this is something you’re interested in learning more about. 

Patient Testimonial on Dry Needling: “I went to Galena Sport Physical Therapy with a rather unique injury, and they provided me with excellent care. I pulled a muscle in my hand and Justine Anderson PT, DPT, CSCS performed dry needling in the muscle where I was having pain. This technique significantly improved my injury."


Justine Anderson PT, DPT, CSCS performs dry needling to her patient's lower back.     

Melissa Preece PT, DPT performs dry needling to her patient's shoulder.

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