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
- 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).