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Dry Needling


Patients with acute or chronic pain may benefit from a unique procedure known as dry needling.  We offer this technique here at ComfortWorks to improve pain control, reduce muscle tension and accelerate rehabilitation from injury.  Dr. Welch inserts a thin filament needle into areas of the muscle known as trigger points – small knots that are often very tense or sore to the touch.

When the needle is inserted, it acts to jump start the muscle and its nerve supply.  The trigger point is released and the muscle relaxes.

Dry needling targets muscle tissue, and its nerve connections, so any condition where muscle pain or tightness is an issue could potentially benefit.

Conditions we treat with dry needling at ComfortWorks:

  • chronic or acute neck and back pain
  • lower back pain
  • shoulder and forearm pain
  • headaches and migraines
  • hip, hamstring and calf/ankle injuries
  • sports injuries
  • pain-related symptoms that get worse over time.

Dry needling doesn’t take the place of other hands-on, one on one work that we do, chiropractic and massage therapy, but it’s a valuable addition to the tools that we have to help our patients.

Dry needling is safe and effective.  A needle is gently inserted, stays in place for 10-15 minutes, and then is removed. It may cause a small muscle twitch, which is a sign that the muscle is relaxing.

Dry needling should not be confused with acupuncture. Same tool, different procedure and goals. Dry needling is based strictly on Western science and targets trigger points that are direct and palpable sources of pain. Acupuncture relies on Eastern philosophy; acupuncturists insert needles into specific locations along meridians (energy channels) throughout the body.

Call for an appointment today.  (703)476-8700