Dry Needling

Dry needling, also known as trigger point, dry needling and intramuscular manual therapy, is gaining in popularity as patients move toward finding alternatives to pain and muscular ailments. At Cincinnati Health Institute we offer dry needling, in addition to our other therapy related services.

What is Dry Needling?

  • Dry needling is similar to acupuncture, but acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese medicine, while dry needling is part of modern Western medicine and is supported by research.
  • A thin monofilament needle penetrates the skin and treats underlying muscular trigger points for the management of pain
  • A trigger point is a local contracture, or chronic loss of joint mobility, in a muscle fiber that can disrupt function, restrict range of motion, cause pain and/or local tenderness.
  • Produces both mechanical and biochemical effects
  • Helps in restoring muscle function and enhanced tissue healing

The National Institutes of Health have conducted studies that report the insertion of a needle into trigger points can assist in reducing pain. It is essential to elicit so-called local twitch responses, which are spinal cord reflexes. Getting local twitch responses with dry needling is the first step in breaking the pain cycle.  

What are the Benefits of Dry Needling?
  • Reduces swelling & inflammation
  • Relieve muscle tightness and pain
  • Speeds up recovery
  • Treats chronic pain
  • Improves range of motion
  • Improves blood circulation

What Can Dry Needling Treat?

  • Neck pain and back pain
  • Shoulder pain, arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow),
  • Headaches to include migraines and tension
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Buttock pain, leg pain (sciatica, hamstring strains, calf tightness/spasms) and more