Dry Needling

Dr. Caitlin E. Walter is now certified in the Dr. David Fishkin Dry Needling Model.


Do you have pain that isn’t going away? Do you have a problem that isn’t healing as fast as you would like? Have you had a recent injury? Dry needling may be what you need! Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cait!

Call and Schedule an appointment: 406-453-8885

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a modality that physically disrupts the tension and pressure within the tissues that are being involved in the patients main complaint. A solid filament needle is placed into the body. The needle is there to encourage the said tissue to return to normal or improve the level of function in the joint that is being worked on.

What is the difference between Dry needling and Acupuncture?

Dry needling requires a physical examination, diagnosis, location of anatomic points based on western understanding of anatomy, neurology, and physiology. Dry needling does not use the theories of meridians, energy, pulse points or tongue characteristics to make a determination of why or where to place a needle.  Dry Needling is different than acupuncture in the fact that they have their own ancient laws and philosophy. The only commonality between the two practices is the tool to perform the modality. 

What kind of needle is being use?

The needle is a Solid filament needle. 

What are the benefits of Dry Needling?

  • Dry needling helps bring resolution of symptoms more rapidly and potentiates the effect of the synovial joint manipulation/mobilization.
  • Per treatment the cost is minimal and the cost to benefit ration is high.
  • Different applications can be applied throughout the body.
  • This does not interfere with drugs or implanted devices such as pacemakers.
  • This can be safely used with patients who have cancer or compression fractures.

The patient may experience one or more of the following but all are within the normal parameters of response during the Dry Needling Procedure.

  • Numbness
  • Heaviness
  • Achiness
  • Red papule and itchiness reaction due to histamine release
  • Raised hard tissue
  • Reduction in sensation of pressure
  • Tiredness
  • Relaxation
  • Reproduction of referred pain.