IMS/Dry Needling

Dry needling is a technique used by Physiotherapists as an alternative approach in the treatment of pain and movement impairments. Needles used are one without medication, inserted through the skin into areas of the affected muscle. Other terms commonly used to describe dry needling include trigger point dry needling, Biomedical dry needling, and intramuscular stimulation.


Dry needling involves a thin filiform needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular as well as connective tissues. The needle will allow a physical therapist in targeting tissues that are not manually palpable. Dry needling can help to relieve muscle pain, cramping, and help to improve a person's flexibility.


A practitioner inserts short, thin, stainless steel filiform needles into the pressure points which are tight areas or knots in the muscles. The needles contain no liquid and nothing is injected.


What Kinds of Pain Does Dry Needling Treat?


Dry needling is almost always used as a part of an overall plan that will likely include some type of exercise, manual therapy, heat therapy, and education. Dry needling is also used to increase the range of motion that may be limited due to muscle tightness or scar tissue. Other benefits of Dry needling include:


  • Joint problems
  • Disk problems
  • Tendinitis
  • Migraine and tension-type headaches
  • Jaw and mouth problems (such as temporomandibular joint disorders or TMD)
  • Whiplash
  • Repetitive motion disorders (like carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Spinal problems
  • Pelvic pain
  • Night cramps


Who Should not have Dry Needling Treatments?


  • Pregnant women
  • People who are not able to understand the treatment
  • People who are very afraid of needles

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