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The Step-by-Step Guide to Dry Needling: A Blend of Acupuncture Tradition and Modern Physical Therapy

Are you grappling with stubborn muscle tension or bothersome knots that refuse to loosen, no matter what you try? If so, it's time to discover the transformative effects of dry needling, an effective and innovative approach that can bring relief to these discomforts.

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Find relief from many aches and pains with dry needling

Before we delve into the step-by-step guide to dry needling, let's demystify what it is and why it has become a popular treatment option at Summit Acupuncture in Philadelphia.


Dry needling, sometimes referred to as trigger point dry needling, is a technique where thin filiform needles penetrate the skin to stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues. It primarily targets pain points and muscle tension in the body and is deeply rooted in modern anatomical and neurophysiological principles.


Acupuncturists in Philadelphia are witnessing the growing popularity of dry needling due to its targeted approach in addressing specific pain points and its ability to offer long-term results by treating the root cause of pain. Additionally, its compatibility with other holistic care practices and minimal side effects further contribute to its rising popularity as a sought-after pain management technique in the city.



Dry Needling at Summit Acupuncture Philly: A Step-by-Step Guide


At Summit Acupuncture, we make sure your dry needling experience is comfortable, safe, and effective. Here's a step-by-step look at what you can expect:


Step 1: Initial Consultation


Your journey to wellness begins with a detailed consultation where we understand your medical history, lifestyle, and pain concerns. We perform physical examinations and discuss your treatment goals to ensure dry needling is the best approach for you. Our team of

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All new patients start with a detailed consultation at Summit Acupuncture

acupuncturists in Philadelphia at Summit Acupuncture stays up-to-date with the latest advancements in dry needling and orthopedic acupuncture techniques.



Step 2: Identifying Trigger Points


We then identify the trigger points or 'knots' that are causing muscle tension or pain. This can be done through palpation, where the practitioner feels for tense areas, or through movement assessments to identify dysfunction.


Step 3: Needle Insertion


Using single-use, sterile needles, we insert these into your identified trigger points. You might feel a slight prick, similar to an acupuncture treatment. The goal here is to elicit a twitch response, which may feel like a small muscle cramp or twitch. This is a good sign - it means we've successfully targeted the trigger point!


Through skilled dry needling and orthopedic acupuncture, our acupuncturists in Philadelphia help athletes overcome pain hurdles. (pun intended)

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Dry needling can help with athletic recovery

Step 4: Needle Manipulation


Once the needle is inserted, we may manipulate it gently to further stimulate the trigger point. This can lead to immediate improvements in flexibility and a reduction in pain levels.


Step 5: Post-Treatment Care


Post dry needling, it's normal to experience some muscle soreness. We'll guide you on how to care for your body post-treatment, which might include stretching, hydration, heat application, anti-inflammatory natural topical application, and light physical activity.


Why Choose Dry Needling?



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Dry needling can offer relief so you can be active and pain free!

Dry needling can be an excellent choice for those suffering from musculoskeletal issues. It is commonly used to treat conditions such as neck, back and shoulder pain, arm and leg pain, headaches, and even jaw pain. Our specialized team of acupuncturists in Philadelphia at Summit is committed to providing athletes of all levels (and everyone else too!) with personalized dry needling and orthopedic acupuncture treatments, tailored to their unique pain management requirements.



If you've been searching for effective acupuncture or dry needling treatments, look no further than Summit Acupuncture in Philadelphia. We pride ourselves on our professional, patient-focused approach, blending traditional techniques with modern science to help you achieve optimal wellness. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation and take your first step towards a pain-free life!







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