Dry Needling is also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling or Tendinomuscular Acupuncture. It is a westernized approach to acupuncture. Dry needling involves the insertion of a fine stainless steel acupuncture needle directed into a specific trigger point or muscle banded area. The needle is inserted into the muscle for approximately one second and then removed. This procedure may occur in a number of different muscle groups depending on patients signs and symptoms. The technique should be relatively painless, though if a muscle has become hyper sensitized and shortened the technique may cause some discomfort which is immediately followed by a feeling of relaxation. Post treatment you will have increased range of motion and a decrease in pain. One may also feel tired post treatment and have a sense of "heaviness" within the muscles that have been treated. You should not engage in strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours post treatment to get the full benefit of the treatment. Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), also known as the Gunn method is a treatment approach that requires specific examination of the entire body. Please view our services section to learn more about IMS.