Dry Needling

Dry needling involves placing very thin needles into muscle fibers by licensed therapists. It’s used to treat a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Muscle pain
  • Headaches
  • Swelling
  • Nerve problems

Dry needling can:

  • Relax tight muscles or muscle fibers that are in spasm
  • Increase blood flow to an injured area
  • Decrease swelling
  • Alter pain signals to the brain

Dry needling is not acupuncture. It’s a western practice that focuses on muscle fibers and treating specific symptoms.

What to expect

There is little risk associated with dry needling. You may feel a prick, and a temporary deep muscle ache or a twitching sensation. There may be a small bruise where the needle is inserted.

Schedule a dry needling appointment

If you think your child could benefit from dry needling, ask his or her doctor for a prescription for physical therapy specifically requesting the treatment. You can then schedule an appointment with our Sports Medicine Program by calling 404-785-KIDS (5437).