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In recent years, a particular technique has gained popularity, supported by its reported benefits and widespread endorsement. Patients often experience quick relief from symptoms related to their injuries or conditions through this treatment. At Movement Driven in Jacksonville, our experienced physical therapists utilize dry needling therapy to address conditions like muscle pain, chronic discomfort, and injuries. When combined with our other treatments, dry needling becomes a beneficial option for a variety of patients.



Before experiencing dry needling, individuals commonly face persistent muscle pain, tension, and limited mobility. As the procedure unfolds, patients may briefly experience mild discomfort. However, the overall benefits of dry needling are substantial. After sessions, many report a noticeable reduction in muscle tightness, improved flexibility, and a significant decrease in pain symptoms. The needling process stimulates natural healing processes, promoting increased blood flow to affected areas and enhancing the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. 


The benefits of dry needling complement exercise regimens, offering enhanced outcomes for individuals aiming to optimize their physical well-being. By targeting trigger points and releasing tension in muscles, dry needling can alleviate pain and discomfort, allowing individuals to engage in exercise more comfortably. The resulting muscle relaxation contributes to improved flexibility and range of motion, facilitating better movement during various physical activities. Additionally, dry needling can expedite the recovery process, aiding in quicker recuperation from exercise-related strains or injuries. This advanced therapeutic technique can be a valuable adjunct to an exercise routine, promoting overall musculoskeletal health and supporting individuals in achieving their fitness goals with greater comfort and efficiency.




Before a dry needling session, wearing loose, comfortable clothing is recommended for easy access to the targeted areas. It's also a good idea to discuss any concerns or questions with the physical therapist beforehand. This conversation allows for addressing specific apprehensions and gaining a better understanding of the treatment process. We can provide insights, explain the procedure, and offer reassurance, enhancing the overall effectiveness of the dry needling experience.

At a dry needling session with Movement Driven, expect a personalized approach starting with a thorough assessment. Our skilled practitioners will precisely insert needles into trigger points, promoting muscle relaxation and addressing your specific concerns. The focus is on providing immediate relief and developing a tailored treatment plan. It's a patient-centric experience prioritizing your well-being and offering a clear path to improved musculoskeletal health.


What is dry needling?

Dry needling involves precisely inserting a "dry," solid filament needle into trigger points, inducing a local twitch response (LTR). This promotes sustained muscle relaxation by releasing shortened muscle fibers or activating underactive ones. Scientifically backed and widely accepted in modern Western medicine, it proves effective for chronic pain and various musculoskeletal conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, and reduced range of motion. Patients typically benefit from two or three in-office sessions, scheduled once or twice a week based on the specific condition being addressed.

How does dry needling work?

Dry needling works by precisely inserting needles into trigger points, stimulating the release of tension in muscles. This targeted intervention promotes blood flow to the treated areas, triggering the body's natural healing response. The process not only alleviates immediate discomfort but also induces a cascade of neurophysiological responses, including the release of endorphins. This multifaceted approach makes dry needling an effective technique for addressing various musculoskeletal issues.

Is dry needling painful?

While some may feel mild, temporary discomfort during needle insertion, the overall procedure is often described as relatively painless. The goal of dry needling is to alleviate pain, not cause it. Patients typically experience a quick and minimal prick, emphasizing the procedure's comfort and potential for immediate relief from muscle tension and pain. This patient-centric approach ensures therapeutic benefits without undue distress.

Are there any side effects to dry needling?

Mild side effects of dry needling may include temporary soreness or bruising at the insertion site, which is a normal and short-lived response. Serious complications are exceptionally rare, particularly when the procedure is performed by trained professionals, ensuring precision and safety. The overall safety and effectiveness of dry needling are underscored by the transient nature of these mild side effects.

How many sessions of dry needling are usually needed?

The effectiveness of dry needling varies depending on the individual's condition, and the number of sessions required is tailored accordingly. For some, relief may be noticeable after just a few sessions, demonstrating the immediate impact of the technique. Others may find that a more extended treatment plan is necessary to achieve sustained benefits and address specific musculoskeletal issues comprehensively. The flexibility in the number of sessions allows for a personalized approach, ensuring that each individual receives the optimal level of care for their unique situation.

Is dry needling the same as acupuncture?

Dry needling and acupuncture, though both involving needles, diverge in principles and objectives. Dry needling is a modern technique targeting trigger points and muscular issues by inserting needles to induce muscle relaxation and alleviate tension. Rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture aims to balance the body's energy flow, known as Qi, by inserting needles into specific meridians. While dry needling focuses on localized musculoskeletal relief, acupuncture takes a holistic approach, seeking to harmonize overall energy flow for broader health benefits.

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