Dry Needling at Carolina Sports Clinic Fort Mill

Dry needling is a treatment that is used for pain and movement issues associated with tight muscles, tendons and other soft tissue pains. 

The goal of dry needling is to stimulate your healing, helping to restore normal tissue function and get you back to feeling and moving your best.

The history of dry needling dates back to the 1940’s with Dr. Janet Travell and arguably others before her.  Dr. Travell identified the muscular trigger points and referral patterns that were elicited with “wet needling”, later she discovered that “dry needling” offered the same results. This was certainly groundbreaking work and hence she created the term dry needling. She and Dr. David G. Simon carefully identified most of the trigger points located in the human body. Thus, the first generation of modern dry needling was established.

Integrative dry needling is NOT acupuncture. It is instead based on neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. Dry needling works by normalizing the inflammatory response and centrally mediating the pain. This effect provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal which ultimately reduces pain.

  • Back & neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow)
  • Headaches, including migraines and tension-type headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Buttock pain and leg pain (sciatica, hamstring strains, calf tightness/spasms)

5 things you should  know about dry needling

  1. Helps reduce pain and soreness
  2. Alleviates trigger points
  3. Decreases chronic muscle tightness
  4. Promotes healing
  5. Dry needling is different than acupuncture
A person is acupuncture on the back of their body.