FOX21 News reported on Dr. Yassa's dry needling techniques in a news feature.

Dry Needling is a very effective medical treatment for pain. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points.

Dry needling is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling performed by doctors of physical therapy is based on Western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculo-skeletal and nervous systems.

What is a "trigger point"? A "trigger point" is a hyper-irritable point in a muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive, palpable nodule, or “knot." This area becomes painful at the site, often radiating in predictable patterns.

Does it hurt? A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of this needle. However if the muscle is sensitive and shortened, or has active trigger points within it, the subject will feel a sensation like a muscle cramp (the "twitch" response).

Who can benefit from dry needling? Almost anyone experiencing a variety of pain problems including, but not limited to:

  • Acute/chronic injuries
  • Headaches
  • Neck/back pain
  • Tendinitis
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sciatica 
  • Hip/knee pain
  • Muscle strains
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Overuse injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis/golf elbow
  • Shoulder and scapula problems
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Joint pain and dysfunction
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis

Are there any side effects to Dry Needling? Side effects may vary among individuals. Typically, only mild muscle soreness or skin bruising is experienced.