Dry needling is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into myofascial trigger points (painful knots in muscles), tendons, ligaments or around nerves in order to stimulate a healing response in painful musculoskeletal conditions. Dry needling is not acupuncture or Oriental Medicine; that is, it does not have the purpose of altering the flow of energy (“Qi”) along traditional Chinese meridians for treatment of disease. In fact, dry needling is a modern, science-based intervention for the treatment of pain and dysfunction in musculoskeletal conditions such as neck pain, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, knee pain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and low back pain.
Dry needling is performed in a 15-30 minute time slot either independently of a physical therapy session or in conjunction with a physical therapy session according to desired results by the physical therapists.
Dry needling is an out-of-pocket expense and will not be submitted to insurance. Fees for dry needling are as follows:
Dry needling in conjunction with a physical therapy session…$35 per session
Dry needling only (30-minute session)…$50 per session