Dry needling, also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling, is the use of either solid filiform needles (also referred to as acupuncture needles) or hollow-core hypodermic needles for therapy of muscle pain, including pain related to myofascial pain syndrome. Dry needling is sometimes also known as intramuscular stimulation (IMS). Acupuncture is a broad category of needling practices with solid filiform needles. Modern acupuncture notably includes both traditional and Western medical acupuncture; dry needling is arguably one subcategory of western medical acupuncture. We also utilize ion pumping, which is a treatment to restore the central balance of the muscle tissue that can be extremely effective when done in conjunction with electro dry needling.
Chinese style tendinomuscular acupuncture relies on careful palpation of what are called “Ah Shi” points, which often correspond to both trigger points and/or motor points in the myofascial tissue. Chinese style tendinomuscular acupuncture tends to use lower gauge (thicker) needles necessary for puncturing contraction knots with a high degree of precision. On the other hand, lighter styles of acupuncture, such as Japanese style, and many American styles, may tend towards very shallow insertions of higher gauge (thinner) needles. Most acupuncture styles, especially those with lighter techniques, require a detailed knowledge, not only of anatomy but also of the channel networks and connections. Thus, while some forms of acupuncture are not at all the same as dry needling, the term dry needling can refer quite specifically to what is now called Myofascial Acupuncture, Tendinomuscular Acupuncture, or some version of Sports Acupuncture.
One of our highly trained team members will perform an evaluation. We will discuss your issues with you. We will then give you our expert advice and develop a plan with you that is tailored to your body. Finally, we will perform the services we recommend.
Our physical therapy is 100% tailored to your body. We perform all of our work in private rooms and all of our treatments are administered by licensed physical therapists instead of using techs or PAs. All of our staff is trained to provide the best care and treatment for your individual needs.
Our clinic has state of the art treatments via cold lasers that have a shorter recovery time. Our manual therapy methods also help provide faster relief and recovery. By combining eastern and western medical techniques, you will be back to work or play much faster.