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Part of the Wellness & Fitness Evaluation service

Dry Needling is one of many alternative therapies that may be administered as part of a Wellness & Fitness Evaluation/Follow-up service (depending on the client’s needs and goals) and is not bookable as an independent service.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a physical therapy technique that decreases pain in your muscles by deactivating a myofascial trigger point. Trigger points are tiny knots that develop in a muscle when it is injured or overworked. These spots are tender at the site and often refer pain to other areas.  This treatment uses a dry needle (a needle without medicine) to deactivate trigger points in your muscle.
What To Expect:
Your physical therapist will clean the site with alcohol. A small, sterile, disposable needle will be inserted through the skin and into the muscle to target the trigger point. This can cause the muscle to twitch. Most people feel little to no pain as the needle is inserted. A session usually takes 15-30 minutes and patients typically experience pain relief lasting from a few hours to a few weeks. It may take more than one treatment to have lasting results.  This treatment is often used in conjunction with other techniques to decrease pain and restore function.

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Dry Needling Benefits

This treatment can be beneficial for people experiencing a variety of ailments, including:

  • Pain Relief
  • Improved Range of Motion
  • Improved Function

Symptoms Addressed:

  • Acute and Chronic Injuries
  • Back Pain & Sciatica
  • Neck Pain & Headaches
  • Muscle Spasm & Muscle Strains
  • Hip/Knee pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Potential Side Effects:

  • Soreness
  • Bruising at the site

Dry Needling Services in Boston, MA

LCG Boston serves the greater Boston metro area and can provide concierge dry needling support for any individual.

Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture

  • Dry Needling and Acupuncture both use the same needles.
  • Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine tool that aims to restore the flow of energy, or “qi”. The practice is based on the belief that health issues are caused by blockages or disturbances in the body’s life energy. When needles are placed on certain acupuncture channels, or meridians, the needles redirect the flow of qi to correct an imbalance that caused illness.
  • Dry Needling is based on a different philosophy. Performance and placement of dry needling is based on the understanding of neuroanatomy and the physiologic effects on the musculoskeletal system. It involves a thorough evaluation of the musculoskeletal system and identification of trigger points and tissue dysfunction. These areas are where the needles are placed.


Our team of Physical Therapists (DPT’s) bring you the best mobile in-home therapies for up to 7 days per week. These include a team of seasoned DPT’s who have diverse backgrounds in sports medicine, injury prevention and recovery, chronic illness, and more. With client specific goals at the forefront of our minds, we deliver a personalized experience that is fine-tuned to each individual’s wellness and recovery goals.

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