What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use to treat pain and movement impairments. The physical therapist inserts a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, into areas of the muscle.

  • Other terms used to describe dry needling include:
    • Trigger point dry needling.
    • Intramuscular manual therapy.
    • Dry needling IS NOT acupuncture.
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What is a Trigger Point?

A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch. Touching a trigger point may refer pain to other parts of the body. Dry needling involves a thin filiform needle. The needle penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues. The needle allows a physical therapist to target tissues they are not able to reach with their hands.

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What Cupping?

Cupping therapy involves placing specialized cups on the skin to create suction. This suction draws the skin and underlying tissues into the cup, promoting increased blood flow, reducing muscle tension, and facilitating the body’s natural healing processes. Our physical therapists integrate cupping into treatment plans to help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and enhance mobility. Whether you are recovering from an injury, dealing with chronic pain, or looking to improve your athletic performance, cupping can be a valuable addition to your physical therapy regimen.


What are the Advantages of Cupping?

One of the significant advantages of cupping therapy is its ability to target deep tissue issues without the discomfort often associated with deep tissue massage. The gentle suction created by the cups helps to release tight muscles and fascia, improving overall tissue health and flexibility. Additionally, cupping can stimulate the lymphatic system, aiding in the removal of toxins and promoting a quicker recovery.

Dry Needling and Cupping Packages

Feel Better Today With Dry Needling

One Visit – $45
6 Visit Package- $250
12 visit package- $475
New Patient – First Visit- $65
(Dry needling/cupping is not covered by Medicare or most insurances)