Dry Needling Experts in Edmonton

Dry needling, also known as Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), is a skilled technique in which needles are inserted into your targeted areas on your body to help reduce pain, improve strength and stimulate muscle movement. The needles work by breaking apart the tightened bands of muscles (trigger points) that cause painful symptoms.
What are the benefits of Dry needling?

The benefits of receiving dry needling therapy include a release of muscle tissue in specific trigger points, stimulating hormone release to encourage healing, increased circulation, decreased swelling, and increased mobility. Another significant outcome is blocking the effect of the pain response to the brain.

Which conditions can be treated by Dry Needling?

Do the needles have medication in them?

During dry needling, a practitioner inserts several filiform needles into your skin. Filiform needles are fine, short, stainless-steel needles that do not inject fluid into the body. That is why the term “dry” is used.

Is Dry Needling painful?

Often, patients will experience a mild, dull ache during treatment and up to 24 hours post-treatment. Some discomfort is experienced during the rapid ‘twitch response,’ but this discomfort is minimal and lasts only a few seconds. It is normal to have mild to moderate muscle soreness after dry needling treatment. Drinking lots of water, stretching, moving your body, and heating the sore muscles can reduce the duration of the soreness. Side effects include mild muscle soreness and bruising in some patients.

What do I experience with Dry Needling?

Generally, needle insertion is not felt; the local twitch response or sudden slight muscle contraction may provoke a very brief pain response. This has been described as an electric shock or a cramping sensation. The therapeutic response occurs with the elicitation of local twitch responses, which is a suitable and desirable reaction.

During treatment, and depending on the dry needling technique used, patients commonly experience heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation. Following this technique, some muscle soreness may be felt up to 24-48 hrs.


Mon: 07:00 a.m. – 09:00 p.m.
Tue: 07:00 a.m. – 09:00 p.m.
Wed: 07:00 a.m. – 09:00 p.m.
Thu: 07:00 a.m. – 09:00 p.m.
Fri: 07:00 a.m. – 08:00 p.m.
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed


Callingwood Physical Therapy & Sports Injury Clinic
6650 177 Steet NW,
Edmonton, AB, T5T 4J5

Phone: (780) 481-2293
Fax: 780-481-2298
Email: info@callingwoodpt.ca