Dry Needling Treatment

Dry Needling Therapy | New Albany, Ind.

1st Choice Health & Wellness offers dry needling treatment in New Albany to treat acute and chronic pain, injuries and conditions for patients throughout Kentuckiana, including Floyd Knobs, Clarksville, Jeffersonville and surrounding areas.

Dry needling is an effective treatment for a wide range of conditions, particularly those involving musculoskeletal pain and chronic pain syndromes.

It involves the insertion of thin, solid needles into specific points within the muscle tissue, known as trigger points, to relieve pain and improve mobility.

By targeting specific muscles and trigger points, dry needling helps increase blood flow, reduce muscle spasms & tightness, improve function, and decrease pain.

Our lead chiropractor, Dr. Bryan Guess, is certified in dry needling.

Our local healthcare practitioners will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your individual needs and goals.

What Is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is designed to target myofascial trigger points, which are hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. These trigger points can cause localized pain and referred pain in other areas of the body. The primary goal of dry needling is to release these trigger points, thereby reducing pain and restoring normal muscle function.

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Conditions Treated by Our New Albany Dry Needling Certified Specialists

Dry needling is a versatile treatment used to address a variety of conditions. Below are some of the primary conditions treated by dry needling:

Back and Neck Pain

  • Commonly experienced due to poor posture, repetitive strain, or acute injuries.
  • Dry needling targets specific muscles that are often involved, such as the trapezius or the paraspinal muscles.

Shoulder Pain

  • Conditions such as rotator cuff tendinitis, impingement syndrome, or frozen shoulder can be alleviated.
  • Dry needling can address tightness and trigger points in muscles like the deltoid, supraspinatus, and infraspinatus.


  • Characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tender points.
  • Dry needling helps by reducing the sensitivity of these tender points and improving overall muscle function.

Chronic Headaches and Migraines

  • Often associated with muscle tension and trigger points in the neck and upper back.
  • Dry needling can target the suboccipital muscles, trapezius, and other related muscles to relieve tension and decrease the frequency and intensity of headaches.

Elbow Pain - such as Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

  • Caused by overuse of the forearm muscles, leading to pain and inflammation.
  • Dry needling can help by addressing trigger points in the extensor muscles of the forearm, promoting healing and reducing pain.

Myofascial Pain

  • Pain and inflammation in the body's soft tissues, typically involving trigger points.
  • Dry needling helps release these trigger points, reducing pain and improving mobility.

Is Dry Needling Like Acupuncture?

Nope! While dry needling and acupuncture both involve the insertion of needles into the skin, they are based on different principles and techniques:

  • Acupuncture: Originating from traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is based on the concept of balancing the body's energy flow or qi through meridians. It aims to treat various health conditions by stimulating specific points on the body.
  • Dry Needling: Rooted in Western medicine, dry needling focuses on treating musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. It specifically targets muscle trigger points and is often used in conjunction with other treatments.

A Dry Needling Session At Our Local Clinic: What To Expect

Before the actual dry needling session begins, our dry needling practitioner, Dr. Guess, will conduct an initial consultation to assess your medical history, current symptoms, and specific areas of pain.

Thereafter, you will be positioned comfortably, either lying down or seated, depending on the area being treated.

During the dry needling session, Dr. Guess palpates the muscle to locate the trigger points.

Once identified, a thin, sterile needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at the trigger point.

The needles used are solid and don’t inject liquid into your body. It's the reason this treatment is referred to as "dry."

When the needle reaches the trigger point, you may experience a local twitch response, which can feel like a brief muscle spasm. This is generally not painful but can be uncomfortable for a moment.

Each session typically lasts between 30 to 60 minutes.

Most people feel improvement in their pain and mobility almost immediately after a dry needling session!

Schedule Your Appointment for Dry Needling Therapy Near You at 1st Choice!

Don't let muscle pain and dysfunction limit your quality of life. Our dedicated team of dry needling specialists is here to help you regain comfort and mobility through effective dry needling therapy in the New Albany, Ind. area.

If you're dealing with persistent pain or sports injuries, schedule an appointment with our experienced healthcare professionals today by calling (812) 220-0043. We proudly welcome new patients throughout the Floyd & Clark County community, including Clarksville, Floyd Knobs, Jeffersonville, and Louisville, KY. At 1st Choice Health and Wellness, your journey to pain relief and improved function begins with us!

1st Choice Health & Wellness


2441 State St #10,
New Albany, IN 47150



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