What is Functional Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is a general term for a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the muscle in the area of the body which produces pain and typically contains a ‘Trigger Point.’ There is no injectable solution and typically the needle which is used is very thin.

What Can Patients Expect?


Most patients will not even feel the needle penetrate the skin, but once it has and is advanced into the muscle, the feeling of discomfort can vary widely from patient to patient.

Usually a healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of the needle; however, if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the subject may feel a sensation much like a muscle cramp — which is often referred to as a ‘twitch response.’

The twitch response also has a biochemical characteristic to it which likely affects the reaction of the muscle, symptoms, and response of the tissue. The patient may only feel the cramping sensation locally or they may feel a referral of pain or similar symptoms for which they are seeking treatment.

Why Utilize Dry Needling?


Following injury or other degenerative processes, many patients suffer from muscular tightness and spasm.This often leads to compensations and further irritation. This can result in protective muscle spasm as a result of the body attempting to protect itself and lead to referral pain patterns. Dry needling can be utilized as a additive component of your therapy treatment.

Patients can soon learn to recognize and even welcome this sensation as it results in deactivating the trigger point, thereby reducing pain and restoring normal length and function of the involved muscle.

 “This technique is unequaled in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits.”


How does the treatment work?

The treatment involves identifying the source of the pain and advancing a small filament needle into the related muscle, eliciting a small twitch response and then relaxing the muscle.

The identification and stimulation of these trigger points can “reboot” the muscle to alleviate both the original problem area as well as secondary pains. Patients often experience relief with improved function in just a few treatments.

When Can I Expect Results?

Typically positive results are apparent within 2-4 treatment sessions but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms and the overall health of the patient. Dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even pain and injury prevention, with very few side effects.

Your most popular dry needling questions answered. 

Is it like Acupuncture?

No, it is instead a medical treatment that relies on a medical diagnosis to be effective.

How much does it Cost?

It may be covered by insurance and we do offer cash based options after an initial evaluation. 

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Contact Us Today

Give us a call at 402.932.7111 or contact us today to schedule an appointment for Functional Dry Needling or speak to one of our physical therapists. 

Sami Spenner, Heptathlon Athlete

My experiences with dry needling have all been positive ones.  Every time I’ve been needled I’ve noticed great results. Normally the day it’s done you’re a little sore, but the next day you feel immaculate! I noticed a difference in just one session.  I love dry needling so much!