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Dry Needling in Lexington

dry needling persons shoulderDry needling (DN) is a treatment technique we offer at South Main Chiropractic that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues to manage neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.

DN is used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissue, diminish persistent pain, and reduce or restore impairments of body structure and function, leading to improved activity and participation. Some primary benefits of the therapy are pain relief and improved range of motion, so you can live your life better.

The Difference Between Acupuncture & Dry Needling

Chiropractors and other providers use DN to release/activate the trigger points and relieve pain, while only those certified in acupuncture include diagnostic techniques for the restoration of health and prevention of disease.

Intramuscular dry needling is used in conjunction with other chiropractic/physical medicine intervention, such as adjustments, stretching, strengthening, massage, laser, shockwave therapy, pulsed EMF, and home exercise/therapy programs.

person with dry needles in back

Conditions It Can Address

DN is a safe technique for treating many musculoskeletal conditions, including

  • Shoulder pain
  • Rotator cuff discomfort
  • Biceps tendinitis
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Low back pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Whiplash/neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Muscle strains
  • Hip pain
  • Temporomandibular (TMJ) discomfort
  • Pain during 2nd & 3rd trimester of pregnancy

What to Expect

During your session, thin, sterile needles will be inserted into specific points on your body, known as trigger points, to alleviate pain and muscle tension. When receiving DN, you may experience mild discomfort during the procedure, as well as possible muscle soreness for a few hours post-treatment. However, many patients report feeling immediate relief and improved mobility after just one session.

Who Should Not Get Dry Needling?

If you have a fear of needles, unmanaged blood clotting, or immune-system disorders, dry needling isn’t for you. Moreover, the American Physical Therapy Association doesn’t recommend dry needling for children younger than 12, and the therapy isn’t recommended during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Contact Us

Wondering if dry needling at South Main Chiropractic can help you? Contact us and request an appointment or to get more information.


Dry Needling Lexington, Thomasville, Salisbury NC | (336) 243-8000