What Is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is a therapeutic technique in which a trained physical therapist inserts sterile, filament needles into the skin and muscles. Dry Needling invokes a healing response in painful neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions. Research shows a favorable bio-chemical change occurs when a twitch response is created from a needle. This allows the muscle to return to a relaxed state. As a result, normal biomechanics and proper healing take place within the tissue.

We are trained to avoid all major organs, arteries, and nerves while being able to target any muscle on the body. We search for trigger points within the muscle to illicit the twitch response as described above. This technique can be used to manage chronic pain or treat acute injuries as well.

We use this as a tool but not a singular form of treatment. We believe the dry needling helps us establish desired pain free range of motion where we can begin to build strength and restore function. We do use dry needling for maintenance services for people who constantly place stress through their body whether that is due to sport or work. 

Image of a patient on their stomach while Dr. Tyler Kinch uses dry needling on the low back to help with muscle tension and relief.
An animated image of how a dry needling penetrates the levels of skin, fat tissue and muscles to hit the desired tissue.