Each person who comes to Living Well Therapy for physical therapy will receive an evaluation including reviewing your past medical history, current symptoms, assessing your strength, flexibility, movement patterns and other testing to determine the source of your symptoms. If dry needling is an appropriate treatment option, your therapist will discuss this with you. Dry needling has been shown to be most effective when used in conjunction with other physical therapy treatment options such as exercise, soft tissue work, joint mobilization or manipulation and movement analysis, all treatment approaches offered at Living Well Therapy.
Some people request dry needling as their primary or even sole treatment option. We do offer this approach if this is an appropriate treatment option as determined by you and your physical therapist after your initial evaluation.
The dry needling portion of your physical therapy appointment typically lasts between 10 to 30 minutes depending on the specific approach being used. This will be thoroughly explained by your physical therapist at your evaluation and during treatment.
Dry needling is covered by some insurance plans but not by all. We can help by verifying if your insurance plan will cover dry needling. If not, we offer the service at a cost of $30.00 per session which can be paid for out of pocket or can also be paid for by many people's Health Savings Accounts.
The term dry needling refers to the fact that there is no injectant in the needle, in other words nothing is being injected into the body. This is in contrast to wet needling which many people may be more familiar with and refers to the use of a needle by a health care professional to inject a fluid or medicine into the body. Common uses of wet needling would include a flu shot, steroid injection or other vaccines.
Because nothing is being injected into the body, the needles used for dry needling are much more fine typically making their use much more comfortable than a wet needle. It is the needle itself when inserted into a muscle trigger point that produces the desired effect of reducing muscle tension, reducing pain and improving overall body function.
If you are interested in setting up an appointment, or have further questions, please give us a call, were here to help.