Our chiropractors that are certified to practice dry needling include Dr. Will Cornett, Dr. Jessica Kowalski, Dr. Jason Placeway, and Dr. Paul Bowen.
Our physical therapists that are certified to practice dry needling include Dr. Dave Stajbach, Dr. Ellen Franke, and Dr. Katie Nemann.
Dry Needling FAQ
Does dry needling hurt?
At Mt. Lookout Chiropractic and Sports Injury Center, patient comfort is a priority. Dry needling is a minimally painful to non-painful technique that is effective in treating musculoskeletal injuries. Our practitioners are highly skilled in their needling techniques and are sensitive to how the patients feel throughout the treatment. Our dry needling techniques are gentle and effective and provide the greatest clinical benefit possible.
How is dry needling different from acupuncture?
Dry needling is a subcategory of Western Medical Acupuncture. Practitioners that use dry needlings are using the same needles used in acupuncture. Dry needling focuses on a specific musculoskeletal region to address pain and dysfunction versus acupuncture which focuses on a broader systemic scale. Dry needling is used in conjunction with chiropractic care and/or physical therapy in treating the musculoskeletal system.
Is dry needling covered by my health insurance?
Your health insurance will not cover dry needling. Most health insurance will cover chiropractic care and physical therapy. We do offer an affordable self-pay option. At Mt. Lookout Chiropractic, we will do everything we can to help you navigate your insurance coverage and offer alternatives if services are not covered.
Related research referenced on this page:
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- Saylor-Pavkovich E. STRENGTH EXERCISES COMBINED WITH DRY NEEDLING WITH ELECTRICAL STIMULATION IMPROVE PAIN AND FUNCTION IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC ROTATOR CUFF TENDINOPATHY: A RETROSPECTIVE CASE SERIES. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2016 Jun;11(3):409-22. PMID: 27274427; PMCID: PMC4886809.
- Cotchett MP, Munteanu SE, Landorf KB. Effectiveness of trigger point dry needling for plantar heel pain: a randomized controlled trial. Phys Ther. 2014 Aug;94(8):1083-94. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20130255. Epub 2014 Apr 3. PMID: 24700136.
- Ong J, Claydon LS. The effect of dry needling for myofascial trigger points in the neck and shoulders: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2014;18(3):390-398. doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2013.11.009
- Salom-Moreno J, Ayuso-Casado B, Tamaral-Costa B, Sánchez-Milá Z, Fernández-de-Las-Peñas C, Alburquerque-Sendín F. Trigger Point Dry Needling and Proprioceptive Exercises for the Management of Chronic Ankle Instability: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:790209. doi:10.1155/2015/790209