How Dry Needling for Migraines Offers Relief

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If you suffer from migraines, you know just how painful a migraine headache can be. Finding relief can be a struggle. But an option might help you: dry needling for migraines. This blog post explores how this treatment can offer relief, what it is, and how to get started.


Finding relief from migraines can be long and challenging. With various options available, it’s essential to understand each one. Dry needling for migraines is a method that has gained popularity. If you want to delve deeper into understanding migraines and various treatment options, you can also explore the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Read on to learn more about dry needling for migraines!

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a therapy used to treat pain by inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. Unlike acupuncture, dry needling targets specific trigger points that cause pain. It is often used to treat conditions like muscle pain, but it’s also becoming known for dry needling migraine treatment.

Understanding Migraines

Migraines are more than just headaches; they can be debilitating and chronic. Chronic headaches and migraine headaches share similarities, but they are different in frequency, intensity, and other symptoms. Dry needling offers an alternative treatment for those who suffer from both.

Understanding the complexity of migraines is crucial in finding the right treatment. Unlike regular headaches, migraines often come with additional symptoms like nausea, light sensitivity, and throbbing pain on one side of the head. The precise cause of migraines is still not entirely known, but factors like stress, hormonal changes, and certain foods might trigger them. That’s why innovative treatments like dry needling, which targets specific underlying issues like muscle tension, are gaining attention in the health community.

Mechanism of Dry Needling for Migraines

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Dry needling for migraines is a unique technique that focuses on specific trigger points in the body, often connected to muscle tension and neck pain. These trigger points are areas of muscle that can become tight and contribute to headaches, including migraines. The tension in the muscles can cause discomfort and pain radiating into the head.

A qualified practitioner inserts thin needles into these trigger points during dry needling. The goal is to release muscle tension, especially around the neck and shoulders. By alleviating muscle tension, dry needling can reduce the pressure on nerves that may cause or contribute to migraines. It’s a fascinating approach that combines an understanding of anatomy with precise therapeutic techniques. Learn more about Continuous Motion’s general practice of dry needling.

Benefits of Dry Needling for Migraines

Dry needling is not just about treating symptoms; it aims to address the underlying issues that might be causing the headaches. Patients who undergo this treatment often exhibit decreased headache intensity. By targeting specific points related to migraine pain, dry needling can provide immediate relief for many individuals.

Regular treatments with dry needling can significantly improve headache frequency, especially for those suffering from chronic migraines. This approach targets specific trigger points, reducing the overall occurrence of headaches and enhancing quality of life.

Moreover, dry needling effectively improves headache pain intensity over the long term. This benefit is particularly valuable for those who suffer from chronic migraines or tension headaches. The focused treatment can significantly impact daily life, enhancing overall well-being. You can find more detailed information about this treatment method from the NIH National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Preparing for Dry Needling Treatment

If you’re considering dry needling, it’s essential to understand what the treatment entails, particularly if you’re interested in treating headaches and related symptoms. A skilled physical therapist will first assess your symptoms, including muscle tension and neck pain.

They will develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. The dry needling procedure involves inserting needles into targeted areas to stimulate and relax the muscles. Some patients feel immediate relief, while others may notice improvements over several sessions. Discussing your symptoms and expectations with a qualified practitioner ensures that the treatment aligns with your goals.

Addressing Concerns and Misconceptions

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Some individuals may be skeptical of dry needling as a treatment for migraines. However, randomized clinical trials and controlled clinical trials have shown their effectiveness. These scientifically rigorous studies prove that dry needling is legitimate and beneficial. Another common concern might be, “How much does dry needling cost?” This can vary based on location, practitioner, and individual needs, so it’s best to consult with a professional for specific pricing in your area.

Choosing a Qualified Dry Needling Practitioner

Selecting a trained and licensed physical therapist is crucial for the success of the treatment. Physical therapists specializing in dry needling have the expertise to ensure the procedure is done safely and effectively. If you’re in need of professional help, consider Continuous Motion Physical Therapy.


Dealing with migraines is a complex challenge, but dry needling for migraines may provide the relief you seek. By understanding the process and benefits and choosing a qualified practitioner, you can take a significant step toward better health. Remember the importance of professional guidance, and don’t hesitate to explore this promising treatment option. Dry needling might be the solution to the migraines that you’ve been looking for.

Chronic migraines and tension headaches don’t have to be a regular part of life. Many individuals have found relief with techniques like dry needling, guided by physical therapists trained in this unique therapy. The science-backed approach, supported by randomized clinical trials, offers a valuable alternative or supplement to traditional treatments. It addresses the symptoms and underlying causes of migraines, such as muscle tension and trigger points.

If you’re curious about how dry needling could benefit you, Continuous Motion Physical Therapy is ready to assist. Their skilled practitioners have experience and expertise in treating migraines through dry needling. Reach out today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a life free from debilitating migraines. Your path to wellness might be just a call or click away.

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Dr. Peyton Oules, PT, DPT Cert. DN

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Dr. Peyton Oules, physical therapist, is a Brewster, Washington native who grew up as a small-town athlete. During her high school sports career, she suffered from two ACL injuries which led her to pursue a career in physical therapy. 

She began her studies by earning her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Pre-PT at Eastern Washington University.  During her undergraduate studies, she spent much of her time playing volleyball and coaching at the high school level.  Dr. Oules continued her education to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University in Goodyear, Arizona.While in school, Dr. Oules became Certified in both Dry Needling and Myofascial Cupping.

Part of her clinical training included international travel to Sydney, Australia where she expanded her orthopedic skill set and had the opportunity to provide treatment for the athletes from the 2023 World Underwater Hockey Championships.

During her doctorate level studies, Dr. Oules learned the importance in making movement a lifestyle. She has a passion for sharing this knowledge with the community and getting her clients back to the activities they love.

Outside of the clinic Dr. Oules enjoys CrossFit®, hiking, traveling, and spending time outdoors with her dog, Rue. Some of her favorite adventures to date include hiking parts of the Grand Canyon and running across the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the Sydney 10k!

Dr. Peyton Oules’ Credentials:
•           Physical Therapist (PT)
•           Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
•           Certified Dry Needling (Cert. DN)

Dr. Khristian McGinley, PT, DPT Cert. DN

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Dr. Khristian McGinley, physical therapist, grew up here in Phoenix, as a competitive softball player with a longtime passion for health and wellness. After sustaining an elbow injury in high school and attending PT herself, she knew that she wanted to pursue a career helping people recover from injuries and getting back to doing what they love. She eventually received her B.S in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona in 2013, then earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University in 2017.

Dr. McGinley began her career with a passion in pediatrics and orthopedics, undergoing coursework to treat diagnoses such as torticollis, developmental delay, and toe walking. She also became certified in Dry Needling in 2017, and since then has been additionally trained in Dry Needling for Pelvic Rehabilitation. After the challenging birth of her first child, she developed a passion for treating the pregnant and postpartum population. She became specialty training in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation in 2021 and since then has focused her practice on helping moms achieve pain free pregnancy, peaceful childbirth, and complete postpartum recovery. She specializes in diagnoses such as urinary incontinence, diastases recti, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. McGinley enjoys hiking, running, camping, weight lifting, and playing slow pitch softball. She loves spending as much time as she can outside with her husband and two children.

Dr. Khristian McGinley’s Credentials:

  • ​Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Certified Dry Needling (Cert. DN)
  • Specialty-trained in Pelvic Floor Therapy

Dr. Meredith Wall, PT, DPT FAFS, Cert. DN

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Dr. Meredith Wall, physical therapist, grew up as a competitive athlete in basketball, gymnastics, soccer and volleyball. After sustaining an ankle injury and going to rehab as a young athlete, she instantly fell in love with learning about sports injuries and rehabilitation. This led her to major in Exercises Science at Grand Valley State University. After she graduated in 2010, she immediately pursued physical therapy to ultimately achieve her lifelong goals of becoming a physical therapist. She earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University in 2013, graduating as a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society recognizing individuals with outstanding GPA in a college graduate program.

Dr. Wall continued her educational pathway through the Gray Institute receiving a fellowship in Applied Functional Science (FAFS). A FAFS is only obtained by a select number of practitioners, who deliver optimal care through the diagnosis and treatment of functional human movement. She also became Certified in Dry Needling (Cert. DN) in 2017, is trained in the McKenzie Method to treat spinal pain, and most recently has become specialized in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation. This specialty area allows her to treat women across the lifespan dealing with incontinence, diastasis recti, pelvic pain, and pain during or after pregnancy.

Dr. Wall’s special interests include diagnosing and treating active patients across the lifespan to help them return to optimal function. In her spare time, she enjoys Crossfit®, running, coaching youth sports, and traveling with her husband and three sons.

Dr. Meredith Wall’s Credentials:

  • ​Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS)
  • Certified Dry Needling (Cert. DN)
  • Specialty-trained in Pelvic Floor Therapy

Dr. Cameron Moore, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, CSCS, Dip. Osteopractic

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Dr. Cameron Moore, physical therapist and co-owner, has always been very active with sports and activities starting with competitive motocross racing up to a semi-professional level and being a scholarship athlete in track and field competing at the division 1 level in college at Eastern Washington University in the triple jump. Cameron became interested in the profession of physical therapy after having knee surgery in high school and seeing the inter-workings of the profession. He pursued his bachelors degree in Exercise Science before moving to Phoenix to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Franklin Pierce University.

He then began specialization courses for spinal manipulation (Spinal Manipulation Institute) and dry needling (Dry Needling Institute). This lead Cameron in to becoming a Fellow of the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapist (FAAOMPT) through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy (AAMT) and earned a Diploma of Osteopractic®, a distinction and training that only a small percentage of physical therapist have completed.

Dr. Moore continues to be very involved with motocross riding, Crossfit®, Olympic weight lifting, running and an overall active lifestyle with his Wife (Michelle) and their Vizsla (Parker).

Dr. Cameron Moore’s Credentials

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Certified in Dry Needling (Cert DN)
  • Certified in Spinal Manipulation (Cert SMT)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Diploma in Osteopractic® (Dip Osteopractic)
  • Fellow Of The American Academy Of Manual Physical Therapist (FAAOMPT)
  • American Academy of Manipulative Therapy Fellow (AAMT)
  • Crossfit® Level 1 Certified (CF-L1)
  • Crossfit® Mobility Certified
  • USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach

Dr. Michelle Moore, PT, DPT FAAOMPT, Dip. Osteopractic

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Dr. Michelle Moore, physical therapist and co-owner, grew up as a competitive gymnast and developed a passion for healthy living from a young age. Her collegiate studies in Health Education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and athletic background influenced her to combine her passions and pursue a career in physical therapy. She earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University in 2013.

Dr. Moore continued her educational pathway through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy where she earned her Diploma Osteopractic® (Dip. Osteopractic) and became Certified in Dry Needling (Cert. DN), and Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Cert. SMT). From 2016-2017 Dr. Moore completed the rigorous coursework to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT), a distinction held by only a fraction of the profession.

Dr. Moore’s special interests include treating active individuals and returning them to the activities that they love. In her spare time she enjoys Crossfit®, Olympic Weightlifting, mountain biking, hiking, and traveling with her husband, Cameron, and dog, Parker.

Dr. Michelle Moore’s Credentials:

  • ​Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Fellow of American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT)
  • Diploma in Osteopractic® (Dip. Osteopractic)
  • Certified Dry Needling (Cert. DN)
  • Certified Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Cert. SMT)
  • Crossfit® Mobility Certified