Dry needling is a manual and therapeutic technique used to heal dysfunctional muscle tissue in the body. Myofascial trigger points are taut bands of tissue in the muscle that can cause localized and/or referred pain. Using a thin filament needle, the Physical Therapist is able to pierce the skin and target those stubborn myofascial trigger points, provoking an involuntary muscle twitch response. This in turn, helps to relieve tension, restore normal function and decrease pain. Dr. Vanessa uses dry needling as another form of treatment with her patients and has seen great results when used in conjunction with other exercises, movement retraining and education. If you are having trouble with muscle pain or function, dry needling may be for you!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is dry needling painful?
Dry needling is typically painless. With that being said, when the needle elicits a local twitch response, there may be some cramping, aching sensation or slight discomfort that lasts a few seconds.
Do I need a doctor to refer me to Lova Health?
The physical therapy provided at LOVA Health is through a cash-based service. This simply means the physical therapist is out of network with insurances. Because it is cash-based, you do not need a referral from your doctor. Don’t worry, your physical therapist is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and knows how to assess red flags and when to refer out.
What insurance carriers do you accept?
The physical therapy provided at LOVA Health is through a cash-based service. This simply means the physical therapist is out of network with insurances. In a cash-based physical therapy setting, plan to spend the entire session with one-on-one attention from the therapist; something you do not find at most places, unfortunately. This helps build a strong patient-clinician relationship. The PT will decide how many therapy sessions are appropriate for you, based on your condition and symptoms. If you have more than one injury, we have the freedom to address those issues at the same time; not having to wait on a doctor script or insurance to approve.
How many sessions do I need?
In many cases, improved mobility is immediate and decreased pain is felt within 24 hours. Typically, it may take a few treatment sessions (once a week for 2-3 weeks) for a lasting positive effect.
What should I wear?
It is best to wear comfortable, loose clothing. If we are working on the lower body, wear shorts. If we are working on the shoulder, neck or mid back area, wear a tank top with access to the area that hurts.
What should I do after treatment?
You can go about your normal day activities. I encourage people to stay active. After dry needling, the muscles will be sore (like you just had an intense workout) but soreness typically goes away in 12-24 hours.