Dry Needling

Integrative Dry Needling is a specific clinical technique that has proven to be a highly effective adjunct to physical therapy for the treatment of a multitude of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions.  Integrative Dry Needling is NOT acupuncture. Dry needling is based upon the Western medical science including anatomy, physiology, and the modern scientific study of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems.

A very fine filament needle is inserted through the skin and into the deeper tissues that are considered trigger points to your pain. It works by creating physiological micro-lesions within pathological tissue thus breaking up shortened tissues, inhibiting a reflex arc from the nervous system to the tissue, normalizing the inflammatory response, and centrally relieving pain.

The mechanical and neuromuscular effect provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal which ultimately reduces pain.  The physical therapists, at Carolina Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, providing this treatment have completed extensive training in these techniques and are qualified to safely practice the art of Dry Needling.

Dry Needling is helpful for (but not limited to) the following:

  • neck or back pain
  • shoulder pain
  • arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow)
  • headaches (migraine or tension origin)
  • jaw/TMJ pain
  • buttock pain
  • leg pain (sciatica, hamstring strains, calf tightness/strain)

Carolina Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine is dedicated to bringing our patients the latest and most comprehensive treatment programs. Discuss your condition with one of our physical therapists. You may be a good candidate to receive this service. This technique is a part of a comprehensive approach to treatment including stretching, strengthening, posture correction, and many return to their prior level of activity. All of our treatment programs are designed to help our patients reach their maximum potential with less pain and improved function.

Dry Needling is Available at:

Downtown Columbia

1812 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: (803) 256-0303
Fax: (803) 256-0440


10071 Broad River Rd, Suite B
Irmo, SC 29063

Phone: (803) 445-1069
Fax: (803) 445-1097


229 Saluda Springs Rd
Lexington, SC 29072

Phone: (803) 359-0505
Fax: (803) 359-2206

Forest Acres

1718 St. Julian Place
Columbia, SC 29204

Phone: (803) 771-0370
Fax: (803) 771-0371

Mt. Pleasant-North

3040 Hwy 17N, Suite A
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466

Phone: (843) 388-7667
Fax: (843) 388-7877

Northeast Columbia

141 Atrium Way
Columbia, SC 29223

Phone: (803) 788-8484
Fax: (803) 788-8499

Rock Hill

2460 India Hook Rd, Suite 107
Rock Hill, SC 29732

Phone: (803) 658-4073
Fax: (803) 329-1696


75 W Wesmark Blvd
Sumter, SC 29150

Phone: (803) 938-5395
Fax: (803) 938-5396