Dry Needling Frequently Asked Questions | Results Physiotherapy

Frequently Asked Questions on Dry Needling

Does Trigger Point Dry Needling hurt?

Typically, patients will feel some level of discomfort, but it is short-lived. If one does not feel the treatment at all, it is not yet working.

Is Trigger Point Dry Needling safe?

We go to great lengths to ensure safety. Results Physical Therapists have all passed their necessary board exams, and have an exhaustive understanding of anatomy. In fact, Results physical therapists have four times more training and education than the national average for all physical therapists. We apply OSHA standards, use personal protective high-quality equipment, and proudly hold to the highest standards of safety.

How will I feel after having dry needling treatment?

There may be some soreness immediately after treatment in the area of the body that was dry needled. This is normal, although does not always occur. Occasionally, soreness develops a few hours later, or even the next day. The soreness may vary depending on the area of the body that was treated, and also varies person-to-person, but typically it feels like you have had an intense workout at the gym. Occasionally patients will experience some bruising with this soreness.

A patient may also feel tired, nauseous, emotional,  and/or somewhat “out of it” after treatment. This is a normal response that only lasts an hour or two after treatment.

What do I need to do following my dry needling appointment?

To decrease any chance of soreness following your appointment you should increase your water intake, soak in a hot bath or hot tub if possible, and/or use a heating pad on the muscle.

How much will dry needling cost?

Results charges $40 per dry needling session, which is in addition to the cost of the appointment. Insurance may cover dry needling in some instances, but typically it is an out-of-pocket expense.

Is there anything I need to avoid following treatment?

No. Working out, stretching and massaging can all be done based on your comfort level.

Will dry needling be done at my first appointment?

We do not typically use dry needling at a patient’s first appointment unless they fit a classic “trigger point” presentation. We may introduce a patient to dry needling at an initial appointment, educating on the procedure, benefits, risks and side effects; and then use the procedure on subsequent visits. 


How many sessions of dry needling will I need?

Results' dry needling patients average 2-3 sessions, and will not use more than 5-6 except in rare circumstances. Often we will use dry needling once or twice per week out of 2-3 visits.


Can I come in just for a dry needling appointment?

Not at this time. We only recommend dry needling as a part of a comprehensive physical therapy treatment program.


How is dry needling different from Acupuncture?

Dry needling is based on traditional, studied and tested practices of Western Medicine to restore normal muscle function. Traditional acupuncture practitioners’ follow Eastern Medicine's key principle of holistic treatment, and base their practice on "normalizing the energy imbalance," or Chi, in the body to cure syndromes.

Results prescribes dry needling within medically-proven and measurable parameters, in accordance with our advanced training in musculoskeletal function. Results therapists that perform dry needling therapy have successfully passed regulated board exams, and have a thorough knowledge of a patient's condition based on in-depth and ongoing assessments and treatment.

Are the needles reused or recycled?

No. Each needle is discarded after use, consistent with medically approved standards and practices.

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