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Dry Needling

After a comprehensive evaluation our therapists will develop an individualized plan of therapy. Our licensed professionals may use dry needling as part of your rehabilitation plan.


What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is an invasive procedure in which a solid filament needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point.

A myofascial trigger point consists of multiple contraction knots, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle. Inserting a needle into trigger points can cause favorable biochemical changes, which assist in reducing pain along with improving movement and function.

Dry needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Such conditions include, but are not limited to neck, back, and shoulder pain, arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow), headache, jaw pain, buttock and leg pain (sciatica, hamstring strains, calf tightness and spasms).

The therapists at Midwest Physical Therapy have advanced training in dry needling and will assess each patient to determine if dry needling would be an appropriate adjunct to our manual therapy techniques.


“Nancy was able to get one of my track athletes back on the track in time for the State Meet after a hamstring injury. Nancy's methods were great treating the root of the problem. This injury needed more than just 'ice and stretch'. Getting the trigger points released by dry needling was extremely beneficial allowing the proper muscle recruitment.” -Corey L.

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