Functional Dry Needling


by Justin Phillips

One of the most common problems that I face as a Chiropractor is muscle knots, trigger points, and chronic muscle tension. Through Chiropractic care, we can realign the spine thus allowing the muscles to calm down. However, there are times when a muscle is so chronically tight, that it can take a long time for it to relax. This is why Functional Dry Needling is now available at Total Health.

Functional Dry Needling involves a thin needle, often same needles as acupuncturists, being inserted directly into a muscle ‘trigger point’ in order to stimulate the healing process more rapidly. Muscle spasms cause constant cycles. In this cycle, pain causes muscle tension, which causes inflammation, which causes trigger points, which causes pain……….then the cycle starts over again. Dry Needling INTERUPTS this cycle and stimulates healing.


Other conditions that can benefit from Dry Needling include:

  • Neck/back pain
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow
  • Hip/Knee pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Foot pain
  • Sprain/Strain injuries
  • Athletic performance

The most common questions asked are “Does it hurt?” and “How often does it take to see results?” Most people do not feel anything during the procedure. The procedure is intended to produce a local “twitch” response which can feel like a very brief (less than a second) muscle cramp. Typically, an acute issue will take between 1-4 visits to see lasting results. However, chronic muscle spasms can take approximately 8-15 visits. You can receive Dry Needling treatments as often as daily depending on the severity of the issue.

Most people go through life under the impression that “This is just what I’m going to have to deal with” or “These knots have been here forever and they aren’t going anywhere.” This is not true. Muscle tension is a result of some form of internal problem that is commonly fixed by Chiropractic Care and now, with the addition of Functional Dry Needling therapy, we can see results even faster.