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Dry Needling in Portland Maine

A Portland Maine Physical Therapist performing dry needling on a runner.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a contemporary physical therapy technique used to treat musculoskeletal pain. It involves inserting fine needles into specific trigger points in the muscles. These points are often areas of knotted or hard muscle, and the goal of dry needling is to release tension in these spots, alleviate pain, and improve mobility.

While evidence suggests dry needling can be effective for short-term pain relief and muscle function improvement, its long-term effectiveness is still being explored in ongoing research.

When indicated and agreed upon by the client, we use dry needling in conjunction with manual therapy, education, and exercise to take a holistic approach to your rehab. 


  • Dr. Ashten with her 2 dogs, Jasper and Opal
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  • Dr. Ashten hiking with her son, Calix.
  • Dr. Ashten sprinting at the America East Conference Championships in 2014.

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