Dry needling involves inserting a thin, filament needle into a pain point, known as a trigger point, to release tension and promote healing. Trigger points are often thought of as knots in a muscle.
There are several in-detailed reasons how dry needling works and the associated ways to Dry Needle for each reason. Overall, Dry Needling works by releasing tension in the body on a local and neural level. On a local level, it breaks up the knot. On a neural level, it turns off pain receptors in the brain and pain receptors in the spine. (Read More)
Dry Needling is mostly painless. When a needle hits a trigger point, it may feel like:
No, our chiropractors can Dry Needle without a prescription.
Potential adverse risks that people should be aware of include:
Individuals who should not try Dry Needling or beware of Dry Needling include someone who:
Some of these listed are relative-contraindications, not absolute. Ask our chiropractors if you have questions or concerns with any of these.
Dry Needling can be a stand alone service. A treatment plan all depends on how many different pain mechanisms you have going on. However, Dry Needling is much more effective if coupled with pain reduction exercises/stretches and hands on techniques such as A.R.T. or massage.
Success rate with Dry Needling is incredibly varied. Factors that determine success rate include:
Typically, most individuals see results within 2-3 weeks, if not the first session, with treatment being no more than twice a week. This also depends on how many different pain mechanisms are occurring.
Dry Needling is used to release trigger points in an area which are limiting strength, movement, and stability. Sometimes, the tension being held in the body is deeper than what a chiropractor, physcial therapist, or massage therapist can get to with their hands. Dry Needling allows us to get to this depth without increasing damage and inflammation. This allows an athlete to return to his or her sport faster, which is always the goal.
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