Dry Needling Therapy Specialist

Open Water Medical

Family Medicine located in Beaufort, NC & Morehead City, NC

If you have persistent muscle pain and have not been able to find relief, you may want to consider dry needling therapy. This technique is one of many treatments available through Open Water Medical in Beaufort, Morehead City, and Zebulon, North Carolina, and has helped many men and women find lasting relief from muscle pain. To learn more about this technique and how it might improve your overall health and wellness, schedule a consultation today, online or by phone.

Dry Needling Therapy Q & A

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is a technique used to treat myofascial pain, which is also known as muscle pain. The procedure uses thin, sterile, and flexible treatment needles to create a physiological response in your muscle fibers. Dry needling is the term used to describe this treatment because the needles are not used to administer medications or saline.

The manner in which performing dry needling occurs depends in large part on the skill and training of the practitioner. It’s important to work with a professional with thorough training in dry needling techniques, like those at Open Water Medical, and who has the medical training to understand how your muscle fibers work in conjunction with the rest of your body.

What is a dry needling session like?

Your Open Water Medical practitioner designs treatment sessions around your specific set of needs and treatment goals. Your practitioner explains what to expect before treatment begins, and you’re encouraged to give feedback both during and after the session.

Your practitioner may insert treatment needles at different depths. Some remain in the superficial layers of muscle tissue, while others might go deeper into tissue layers. They may remain in place for just a few brief seconds or as long as 10-15 minutes.

Sessions are not painful, although you may experience a degree of muscle soreness or aching during treatments. Sometimes the insertion of a needle will create a muscle twitch, which is an indicator that the process is working.  

What conditions can dry needling treat?

Dry needling is a great option for many types of muscle pain. Many men and women prefer this approach because it requires no advance preparation, no anesthesia, and no downtime.

Some of the issues that dry needling can treat include:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Whiplash
  • Spinal problems
  • Night cramping
  • Migraine
  • Joint issues
  • Tendinitis
  • Repetitive motion disorders
  • Phantom pain


While dry needling can be a very effective treatment path, it isn’t right for everyone. If you are pregnant or have a fear of needles, this may not be the best path for you.

To explore dry needling in greater detail, schedule a one-on-one consultation at Open Water Medical today. Online scheduling allows you to set up your visit any time of day or night, or you can call to check availability during office hours.