Why Dry Needling?
Muscle tension, back spasms and stiffness. These are symptoms that plague millions of people worldwide. Whether dealing with direct trauma or having been diagnosed with arthritis or a herniated disc, dry needling can target these very issues that are affecting everyday life.
How does it work?
Integrative dry needling is not acupuncture (traditional Chinese medicine); it is based on neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. A very fine filament needle is inserted through the skin and into the deeper tissues that are considered trigger points to pain. Dry needling works by causing a micro lesion within the pathological tissue thus breaking up shortened issues, inhibiting a reflex arc from the nervous system to the tissue, normalizing the inflammatory response, and centrally mediating the pain. The mechanical and neuromuscular effect provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal which ultimately reduces pain.
What conditions can be treated?
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow)
- Headache to include migraines and tension-type headaches
- Jaw pain
- Buttocks pain
- Leg pain (sciatica, hamstrings strains, calf tightness/spasms).
Are the needles sterile?
Yes, we only use sterile disposable needles.
Is the procedure painful?
The fine filament needle is very thin, solid and flexible, which allows for the needle to be pushed through the skin versus cutting the skin. This helps reduce any discomfort that may occur with the procedure. The treatment is virtually painless, however, at times a local twitch response of the muscle may be felt. When the needle is inserted into the pathological tissue the local twitch response sensation is normal and is felt only momentarily. Many patients describe the twitch response as a little electric shock, cramp or an ache sensation. These sensations are perfectly normal and even a desirable response.
How will I feel after the Dry Needling treatment?
This will vary but many patients experience immediate relief of their symptoms and an increase in range of motion. Soreness can also be a common response from the needling but does not occur with all people. Some individuals may experience an immediate achiness or delayed soreness with all people. The soreness, if present, will usually last 1-2 days, use of heat and light massage will help reduce this soreness.