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Dry-Needling Therapy. Details and FAQ’s

October 13, 2015

My good friend and Kick-Ass Physical Therapist Jessica Hartmann (website HERE)  will be offering her dry needling services at the gym 2x per week in the near future.  To date, I’ve had three sessions to address my slow-healing shoulder and Jade has had three sessions which have reduced her calf pain by a good amount.  Sessions are 30 minutes long and initially we’re looking at tuesday 10/20 at 5/530/6/630 in the evening (class will be in session, but you won’t be in the way and vice versa) and saturday 10/24  at 830/9/930/10 am.  Sign up sheets at the gym.  Some basics are below.

DRY NEEDLING FAQ

Integrative Dry Needling is a highly effective form of treatment for a multitude of

musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. In the CrossFit setting, dry needling can

improve performance, prevent injuries, decrease delayed onset muscle soreness, and treat soft

tissue strains/sprains/contusions.

How does it work?

Integrative dry needling is NOT acupuncture (traditional Chinese medicine); it is based on

neuroanatomy of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. A very fine filament needle

is inserted through the skin and into the deeper tissues that are considered trigger points to your

pain. Dry needling works by causing a lesion within the dysfunctional tissue which normalizes

the inflammatory response. This provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to

heal, which ultimately improves function and reduces pain.

Are the needles sterile?

Yes, only sterile, disposable needles are used.

Is the procedure painful?

The fine filament needle is very thin, solid, and flexible, which allows for the needle to be

pushed through the skin versus cutting the skin. This helps reduce any discomfort that may

occur with the procedure. We strive to make the treatment virtually pain free, however, at times

a local twitch response of the muscle may be felt. Many people describe this twitch response as

a little electric shock, crampy, or achy sensation. These sensations are perfectly normal and

even a desirable response. Every effort will be made to make your experience comfortable.

How will I feel after the dry needling treatment?

This will vary, but many patients experience immediate relief of their symptoms and an increase

in range of motion. Soreness can also be a common response from the needling but does not

occur with all people. Some individuals may experience an immediate achiness or a delayed

soreness the next day. The soreness, if present, will usually last 1-2 days, use of heat and light

massage and movement will be beneficial. Mild bruising may occur at the needling sites and is

more prevalent in certain parts of the body. Larger bruising may also occur, but is rare.

What should I do to prepare for the treatment?

1. Do not eat 30 min before the treatment.

2. Be well hydrated but empty your bladder prior to treatment.

3. Wear loose fitting clothing, shorts, or bathing suit for easy access to your painful areas.

What should/can I do after treatment, what should I avoid?

Movement, increased water intake, and gentle stretching are beneficial following dry needling.

Feel free to participate in any workout/physical activity as planned.

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3 comments

  1. Brock, I skimmed the FAQs so apologies if I’m asking something that you’ve already covered. Can non-member spouses sign up for this? Richard has what I would consider significant frozen shoulder. I wonder if this would help?


    • Totally. Any one can take some sessions. Member or otherwise. As to whther or not dry needling can help, I’d refer you to Jessica, who I’m sure would not say yes when the answer was no.


  2. if ya’ll haven’t met Jess yet, she is amazeballs! I haven’t had the dry needling, but I can attest to her skills as a manual PT.



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