190 Talisman Dr. Unit D4,

Pagosa Springs, CO 81147


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FAQ's about Dry Needling


What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is an intervention performed by a specially trained health care professional.  This professional uses very thin, filliform needles to penetrate the body, causing a healing response in the tissue that has been lesioned.  There are various tissues that can contribute to neuromuscularskeletal dysfunction including: muscle, fascia, joint capsules, tendons, peri-neural structures, microvascular structures, and ligaments.


In Which Situations would Dry Needling Be Used

Dry Needling can be used for patients with pain syndromes, neuromuscularskeletal disorders, and movement impairment syndromes.  Dry needling can be an effective treatment for simple muscle tightness, strains and sprains, pain associated with arthritis, muscle activation, swelling reduction, and pain modulation.


How is Dry Needling different from acupuncture?


      • Dry needling is based solely on provable anatomical, physiological, and neurological principles.        Example 1: A patient presents with Sciatic Nerve pain.  In dry needling we would place filiform needles into the body in areas that could be causing this pain.  This would include the lumbar spine, the piriformis, the glute med and min, and possibly following the Sciatic nerve down the leg.           Example 2:  A patient presents with headaches that start in the musculature just below the skull in the posterior Cervical spine.  Needles would be placed in the musculature known to refer pain to the head.  This would include sub occipital muscles, the greater auricular, posterior cervical extensors, and depending on the area of the headaches any of the following: Temporalis muscle, supraorbital fossa, infraorbital fossa, and the mental foramen.
  • Acupuncture is based on TCM(Traditional Chinese Medicine) which relies heavily on "Meridians".  Meridians are specific points on the body that energy flows through.  


What are some of the Benefits of Dry Needling?


  • Reduces local and Referred Pain
  • Improves Range of Motion
  • Speeds up the recovery process
  • Reduces Peripheral and Central Sensitization
  • Reduces inflammation


Are there any Side effects?

All medical intervention carries its risks and rewards.  We have been properly trained in safe needling techniques to minimize the risk of adverse events.  You can stop by or call any time to ask questions about the risks associated with dry needling for your particular injury/pain.





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