Dry Needling

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The Pain Arthritis Relief Center provides those suffering from pain with dry needling treatments to help improve range of motion. While athletes have long accessed the benefits that dry needling provides, others suffering from pain or injuries can also take advantage of this form of treatment. Dry needling is virtually unknown to many, because of this, it’s only natural that you have a number of questions regarding the process. 

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is the process of inserting needles to trigger points throughout the body. Needles are often placed in soft tissue or muscle points to help relieve pain. There is nothing injected into the body during dry needling, which is the primary reason that treatments are coined with the name dry needling. Undergoing dry needling can provide a number of benefits, including:

  • Relieve Joint Pain
  • Reduce Muscle Tension
  • Improve Circulation
  • Help Recover from Injuries
  • Improve Physical Functioning

Is dry needling the same thing as acupuncture?

At first glance, dry needling and acupuncture may appear to be the same thing. It’s not uncommon to confuse the two. Acupuncture can help to treat a number of conditions and alleviate pain by focusing on Qi and energy flow throughout the body. While dry needling sessions involve inserting needles into the skin, physical therapists administer treatment to specific locations, helping to improve range of motion and manage pain. 

Is dry needling painful?

It’s important to know that yes, dry needling can be painful. However, it’s also important to keep in mind that the benefits can far outweigh the discomfort that you may experience. When the needle is inserted, the muscle may contract, causing pain. Pain is a good thing, it means that the appropriate point of the body has been hit. You can expect to feel sore for up to a couple of days following treatments, but you are likely to experience a significant improvement over the course of a few days. 

Why should I consider dry needling?

For those who have never considered alternative forms of medicine, it’s only common to feel a bit apprehensive over the process. You may be wondering whether dry needling is worth the effort, or if it will actually be an effective form of treatment. Much of the time, dry needling can help patients to experience relief from pain and an improved range of motion. 

How many dry needling treatments will I need?

Most people can expect to require only a few dry needling sessions. This can come as a relief to many who are looking to experience a faster recovery. Dry needling does not require extensive sessions over a long period of time. In fact, many patients only require 2-3 sessions of dry needling. 

When suffering pain, there are a variety of both traditional and alternative forms of treatment that people may be able to access. However, it’s important to be aware that not all have the ability to provide them with the results and pain relief they may be looking for. Have you been seeking a better way to manage your pain? For more information regarding how dry needling may benefit you, contact the Pain Arthritis Relief Center providing services to DC, Virginia, and Maryland to learn more.

Client Review

” My life has taken a turn for the better.Their rehabilitation plan is catered to you specifically. Not some cookie cutter rehab plan that you see being used at other physical therapy facilities.In my opinion, their approach and understanding to rehabilitation ranks at the top. “
Irvin S.
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Carolyn B.

– Knee Pain Patient

I have been having problems with my knees for 15 years. Now I can function again, I can walk, and I’m even planning a trip.

Rich Lee

– WAVA Radio Host, Knee Pain Patient

My only regret? I should’ve done this a lot sooner.

Walter C.

– Knee Pain Patient

I would recommend this place to anyone who has arthritic knees.

Kathryn Z.

– Knee Pain Patient

From the time I walked out of here, the pain has gone away. I’m delighted.


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