Pediatric Dry Needling

An Alternative Treatment Performed by an Expert Staff

Dry needlingOur Sports Medicine Program has three therapists on staff who are licensed and certified to perform dry needling, a practice used to treat a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Pain or dysfunction from muscle problems
  • Headaches
  • Swelling
  • Nerve problems

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling involves placing very thin needles without any medication into muscle fibers. It is part of an overall rehabilitative treatment plan. Dry needling can:

  • Relax tight muscle fibers 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 the same as acupuncture.

    Dry needling is a western practice that focuses on muscle fibers and treating specific symptoms. Acupuncture is an eastern philosophy that focuses on pressure points.


What to Expect

In general, there is very little risk associated with dry needling. You may feel a prick, a deep muscle ache or a twitching sensation. In some cases, there may be a small bruise where the needle is inserted. All of these responses are temporary and will fade shortly after treatment.

Schedule an Appointment

If you think your child could benefit from dry needling, he will need a prescription for physical therapy specifically requesting the treatment. You can then schedule an appointment with our Sports Medicine Program.