What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling (DN) is a passive therapy used for acute and chronic muscle pain that can be used in the neck, back, low back, and extremities. It is similar to acupuncture but, is used more directly at tight and painful muscles. Once we needle a certain muscle we are targeting, a microtrauma occurs in the muscle creating a pro-inflammatory response that can increase blood flow to the area. This pro-inflammatory response can reduce muscle tightness, reduce pain, and increase range of motion.
Why is Dry Needling used?
DN is used because it can attack muscles directly versus other soft tissue therapies that work over superficial fascia. DN can help to reduce muscle tightness and pain that can be contributing to mobility loss and loss of function.
How is Dry Needling used?
DN is used by locating tight muscles or trigger points that could be created mobility loss or pain in a certain area. Once that is found we used a very small “dry needle” that is inserted into the muscle or trigger point in the muscle. Depending on situation, we may use a stem unit which creates an electric current through the needle into the muscle. The treatment duration is about 5 to 10 minutes long, depending on the muscle tightness or size of trigger point.
Can Dry Needling help?
No matter what the complaint or injury is that walks through the door, we will examine the patient by using palpation, orthopedic tests, functional tests, and range of motion. This gives the doctor an answer of what is causing your complaint and what muscles and mobility dysfunctions need to be worked on. Once the doctor finds what muscles need to be worked on dry needling can be used. In conjunction with adjustments, mobility exercises, and stability exercises, dry needling can help with your injury or complaint.
Is Dry Needling for me?
The doctor will always discuss with the patient about therapies used in the office before using them. If the patient is comfortable or willing to try dry needling, then we will use it. Chiropractors have multiple tools to use on different complaints and injuries. If a patient does NOT want to have dry needling done to them, we will use other modalities to help. DN is not for everyone, talk to your chiropractor if you have questions or concerns OR if you want to try!Tags: Acute pain, chiropractic, chiropractor, dry needling, pain, therapy