Dry Needling

MPOWER Performance Institute

Physical Therapy, Personal Training, Massage Therapy, and Nutrition programs located in Nashville & Franklin, TN

When treating pain and muscle tension above the skin’s surface isn’t enough, dry needling is a drug-free option that provides fast relief. The team of health experts at MPOWER Performance Institute offers dry needling to alleviate muscle pain that impedes your recovery from a sport or musculoskeletal injury. To find out if dry needling is right for you, call the office in the Midtown or Green Hills neighborhoods in Nashville or the Cool Springs neighborhood in Franklin, Tennessee, or book an appointment online today.

Dry Needling Q & A

What is dry needling?

Dry needling involves inserting a thin needle into your skin to stimulate the underlying muscle and connective tissues. It’s called dry needling because this treatment doesn’t involve injecting any medication like steroids or anesthetics.

Dry needling relieves pain, reduces muscle tension, and improves range of motion without using any drugs. 

What does dry needling treat?

MPOWER Performance Institute offers dry needling to treat musculoskeletal pain caused by trigger points. 

A trigger point is a tight or contracted band of muscle fiber. The taut muscle fiber may disrupt normal muscle function and decrease range of motion. Trigger points also cause pain at the site of the knot, as well as pain that radiates to other areas of your body. 

You can develop trigger points from an injury or overuse. Trigger points occur all over the body and may be the source of your neck, back, shoulder, or leg pain. 

Dry needling inactivates the trigger point to restore normal muscle function, alleviate pain, and improve mobility.  

Am I a candidate for dry needling?

The team at MPOWER Performance Institute determines if you would benefit from dry needling during an evaluation. They may consider you a candidate if you have painful trigger points that impede your rehabilitation, athletic performance, or recovery from a sports injury. 

What should I expect from dry needling?

MPOWER Performance Institute creates a personalized dry needling treatment plan specific to your needs. They review the details of your plan before your treatment so you know what to expect.

During your dry needling session, your provider expertly inserts the thin needle through your skin to the trigger point. They may rotate the needle to cause a muscle twitch, which shows that the treatment is working.  

You may feel a slight pinch during needle insertion, but the pain is fleeting and well-tolerated by most patients. Your provider may insert several needles during your session, but they only keep the needles in place for a few minutes before removing them. 

What can I expect after dry needling?

Results from dry needling vary. Many patients feel an improvement in pain and mobility immediately following their session. However, it’s not unusual to have some muscle soreness for up to two days following your dry needling treatment.

Some patients only need one dry needling session to gain benefits. Your provider may suggest a series of treatments based on your specific needs and goals. 

To learn more about dry needling at MPOWER Performance Institute, call or book an appointment online today.