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    Dry Needling

    What is Dry Needling?

    Dry needling is a type of physical therapy that uses thin needles to stimulate trigger points in the muscles. It is an effective treatment for pain and muscle dysfunction.

    Dry needling is a relatively new treatment modality, but it has been shown to be effective for treating a variety of conditions such as muscle tension, muscle tightness, muscle knots, post injury recovery, and increased ROM of joint and muscle group .

    What are the benefits of dry needling?

    Dry needling can help relieve pain, improve range of motion, and reduce muscle tension.

    Dry needling can also be used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including headaches, migraines, TMJ disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more. It is also often used as a way to prevent injuries before they occur.

    There are many benefits of dry needling, including its ability to provide relief from pain, improve range of motion, and increase blood flow to the affected area. It is also a relatively safe and low-risk treatment option when compared to other forms of therapy.

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    How does dry needling work?

    The needles used in dry needling are much thinner than in traditional acupuncture. They are also solid rather than hollow, like traditional acupuncture needles. The needles are inserted into the skin and then moved around until they reach the trigger point.

    Once the needle is in place, it will be left for several minutes. After the trigger point is stimulated, the muscle tension will be relieved.  We often use this technique as a complementary approach to chiropractic care. After a chiropractic adjustment, a dry needling session can give the patient more tension release and better recovery.

    FAQS

    Dry needling involves inserting thin needles into the skin to stimulate trigger points or knots that form when muscles don’t relax. Though dry needling may cause discomfort, it can be painful.

    Patients typically report feeling a “twitch” or “electrical” sensation when the needle hits the target muscle. Some may also feel a cramping sensation as the muscle contracts and releases. This discomfort is usually short-lived and subsides as the treatment progresses.

    Dry needling should only be performed by a trained professional, such as a licensed physical therapist. If you’re considering dry needling as a treatment option, discuss it with your PT first to see if it’s right for you.

    There are a few risks associated with dry needling. First, the needles used are very thin and sharp, so there is a risk of skin puncturing. Second, if the dry needle is not inserted correctly, it may cause pain or bruising. Third, there is also a small risk of infection. Finally, some people may be allergic to the needle or medication used during the procedure. That is why the public needs to ensure the practitioner performing the such treatment is certified and a health care provider.

    Fix an appointment with us for a dry needling session.

    In conclusion, dry needling is a treatment option that can be used to relieve pain and tension in the muscles. It is a safe and effective method that certified practitioners can use. If you are experiencing muscle pain, dry needling may be a good option.