Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is a therapeutic technique that utilizes a small, solid filament needles inserted into the body.  Dry Needling is a very effective tool for decreasing muscle contraction, improving mobility, reducing chemical irritants, and reducing pain.  Dry Needling can be useful for both individuals in pain and those looking for improved mobility for athletics.11-1

Is Dry Needling like Traditional Acupuncture?

No. While both dry needling and acupuncture use the same solid filament needles, their philosophies are very different. Accupuncture is based on Traditional Oriental Medicine and focuses on the flow of energy within the body. Dry needling is based on Western medical principles and research. Dry needling focuses on the neuromuscularskeletal systems, affecting muscle flexibility, joint mobility, and pain.

Dry Needling works through a variety of mechanisms.

  • Mechanical Effects: Insertion of the needle into taut bands of muscle fibers (knots) can help release muscle tension and improve flexibility.
  • Neurophysiological Effects: Dry Needling has been shown to affect the central and peripheral nervous systems, resulting in pain suppression through a variety of potential pathways.
  • Chemical Effects: Micro-trauma and micro-bleeding that results from needle penetration releases chemicals that help promote tissue healing.

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Insertion of the needle is often not felt.  Movement of the needle within the muscle belly may cause brief pain but most people report the pain is significantly less than a typical medical shot.

What can I expect after my Dry Needling session?

Many people notice immediate improvements in mobility and movement as well as a decrease in their symptoms. Often times, mild soreness may be present in the treated area following dry needling.

To schedule an appointment please call Carolina Sports Clinic at 704-544-5353

8912 Blakeney Professional Dr. Suite 100. Charlotte, NC 28277