Dry Needling I

What to expect during your first Dry Needling experience.

Dr. Lucas Hiller, PT, DPT

Posted 08.16.2023

Dry Needling is the insertion of an extremely thin monofilament needle into a muscle, tendon, or ligament to decrease pain, ease tight muscles, and promote healing.

Electrical stimulation of the needles is often used to further stimulate blood flow and provide an analgesic effect (pain relief) for long lasting results.

What to expect during a Dry Needling session?

Once you and your therapist decide Dry Needling is the best treatment to achieve your goals, the therapist will comfortably position you in order to expose the treatment area. The therapist will sanitize the skin surface, then gently insert the needle. Depending on the technique, the needle may be inserted and removed quickly or the needle may be left in the area with the addition of electrical stimulation. You may feel a muscle twitch or a pulse sensation of the electrical current. Pain (if any) typically only lasts about 20-30 seconds.

How long do the effects of Dry Needling last?

The relief from Dry Needling varies case by case depending on the condition being treated and the response to the initial treatment. Dry Needling has been shown to create long-term change in as little as 1-3 sessions

What are the side effects of Dry Needling?

The most common symptoms following dry needling include temporary muscle fatigue and muscle soreness.

Meet the Author

Dr. Lucas Hiller, PT, DPT is dedicated to the wellness of each and every person who walks through the door. With his knowledge, he helps health conscious individuals live their most active and fit life without the need for pills, injections or surgery. When Dr. Hiller isn't using his magic touch to keep people as active and healthy as they can, he's attending classes and conferences to implement the most innovative practices and technologies to address his patients' needs.

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