Dry needling is a relatively new, minimally invasive technique used to target specific areas of muscular pain and tightness. It can also be referred to as intramuscular stimulation.
At Proactive Chiropractic, we believe dry needling is one of many tools we can use to keep you feeling your best. Learn if this exciting and effective technique is right for you.
Does Dry Needling Really Work?
Dry needling is a technique in which thin, stainless-steel filiform needles are pressed through the skin into myofascial (muscular) trigger points. It is like acupuncture, but with different targets. The Mayo Clinic defines a trigger point as:
“…a local contracture or tight band in a muscle fiber that can disrupt function, restrict range of motion, refer pain or cause local tenderness.”
The benefits of a properly placed needle at these trigger points include:
- Release of muscular tension
- Increased blood flow
- Reduction in local and referred pain
Dry needling has been proven to be an effective treatment for many conditions. Paired with physical therapy, chiropractic and other recuperative interventions, dry needling increases results and speeds up recovery.
How Safe Is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is safe for nearly all patients. A small number (<3%) may experience slight drowsiness or dizziness afterward. You may experience some pain or tenderness in the area treated but the results speak for themselves.
The most significant risk associated with dry needling is pneumothorax or lung collapse. This is incredibly rare and can be avoided by seeing only properly trained professionals.
The bottom line is that dry needling is a very safe procedure. The many benefits outweigh the extremely rare risks.
What Is it Good for & How Often Do I Need Dry Needling?
There are many ways you can benefit from dry needling—even professional football players are seeing its value. Some of the common treatments are for:
- Muscle pain
- Runner’s knee
- Shin splints
- Hip pain
- Back pain
One of our caring professionals would be happy to discuss the advantages of dry needling for your specific circumstances.
The duration and frequency of treatment can vary. Chances are you will have several weekly sessions to gauge how you respond and what the overall effect is. Studies show patients experience immediate relief after their first treatment.
We will customize a course of action for you and recommend other therapies to complement your full health. Dry needling may be an effective way to reduce your pain and treat other conditions prohibiting you from performing at 100%.
Experience the Benefits of Dry Needling Today
Dry needling is one of many effective methods we use to help our chiropractic patients feel their best. Call us today at 704-659-3311 or contact us online to learn more. We want you to feel and function at your best.