What Is Dry Needling

Dry needling is an effective treatment used for pain and movement impairments. The technique uses a “dry” needle ( a needle without medicine to inject) usually acupuncture needles, to insert into muscles, tendons and fascia to reduce trigger points and tight muscle bands. 

Is dry needling different than acupuncture?

Although both techniques utilize thin filament needles for treatment, they are very different. Dry needling is the insertion of needles into muscles, tendons and facia to affect that area specifically, while  acupuncture inserts needles into specific points along meridians to affect the flow Qi or the body’s natural energy.

Does it hurt?

Most people report not feeling anything during the treatment. There are some areas that are more sensitive than others and may cause a pinching sensation. After the needle is inserted you may feel relaxation, slight soreness or irritation to the area.

How does it work?

Insertion of the needles into tight or damaged tissue causes local irritation. The irritation causes a stretch response to the tissue which helps the muscle relax and activates the healing response that increases blood and lymphatic flow to the area. This healing response will normalize the local inflammation decreasing the pain and decreasing the time it takes for the tissue to heal.

 

What conditions can be treated with dry needling?
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  • Acute and chronic tendonitis
  • Athletic and sports-related overuse injuries
  • Sprains and strains from injuries such as car accidents, work injuries and falls
  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Headaches and whiplash
  • Lower back pain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Sciatic Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • TMJ
  • Plantar fasciitis
Many other conditions can be treated with dry needling. If you have any questions about your specific condition, please call our office to schedule a consultation (513) 531-2277.
 

Dry Needling is just one modality used in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments, a variety of manual therapy techniques and stretches or exercises prescribed by our doctors to reach your goals as quickly as possible.