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What is Dry Needling?

The science behind getting stabbed

Dry needling is an offshoot of chinese acupuncture which uses the placement of needles to treat trigger points, myalgia (muscle pain) and other neuromusculoskeletal problems.

As early as the 1940's dry needling has been the topic of research because of its powerful analgesic effects, and ability to improve function. It is especially powerful at reducing the pain of trigger points with long lasting effects. 

Today, as many as 40% of all college and elite athletes use dry needling to reduce soreness, improve mobility and function, and much more.

Common Questions

  • Does it hurt?

    • Sadly, it does hurt a little bit. The needles can sting as they come in and out but generally they do not hurt. It is much less painful than having a blood draw or injection.

  • How long does it take?

    • Optimal improvements are obtained after leaving the needles in for roughly 10 to 15 minutes.

  • How should I prepare?

    • Be sure to come in loose athletic clothing with easy access to wherever you want to have the needling treatment. ​Other than that, just be ready to relax and we will take care of the rest!

Warrior Two


1) Lewit K. The needle effect in the relief of myofascial pain. Pain. 1979;6(1):83–90.

2)Furlan AD, van Tulder M, Cherkin D, Tsukayama H, Lao L, Koes B, et al. Acupuncture and dry-needling for low back pain: an updated systematic review within the framework of the cochrane collaboration. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2005;30(8):944–63.

3)Hsieh YL, Kao MJ, Kuan TS, Chen SM, Chen JT, Hong CZ. Dry needling to a key myofascial trigger point may reduce the irritability of satellite MTrPs. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2007;86(5):397–403.

4)Journal Of Musculoskeletal Pain, Vol. 22(3): 301–307, 2014

5)Fernández-de-Las-Peñas C, Nijs J. Trigger point dry needling for the treatment of myofascial pain syndrome: current perspectives within a pain neuroscience paradigm. J Pain Res. 2019;12:1899‐1911. Published 2019 Jun 18. doi:10.2147/JPR.S154728

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