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What is dry needling?

Dry needling in Portland is a technique used for the treatment of pain and movement impairments.   

Other terms commonly used to describe dry needling in Portland include trigger point dry needling, and intramuscular manual therapy.

Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles, and supported by research.

Why is it called “dry needling”?

The technique uses a "dry"needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle. The needles are single use, disposable, solid needles introduced into medical practice in the late 1970s.  

Is “dry needling” acupuncture?

Dry needling is the technique used to treat functional disorders by the stimulation of specific trigger points on the surface of the body by the insertion of needles without injection.

In Oregon, "Acupuncture" means an Oriental health care practice used to promote health and to treat neurological, organic or functional disorders by the stimulation of specific points on the surface of the body by the insertion of needles.

"Acupuncture" includes the treatment method of moxibustion, as well as the use of electrical, thermal, mechanical or magnetic devices, with or without needles, to stimulate acupuncture points and acupuncture meridians and to induce acupuncture anesthesia or analgesia.

Who can perform dry needling?

In Oregon, acupuncturists can use trigger point therapy, or dry needling to treat functional disorders. To The Point PDX is an acupuncture clinic with practitioners with extensive training in trigger point therapy. To The Point PDX is the place to go for dry needling in Portland.


Sarah Hammer Stevens, Clinic Owner + Founder