WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING?
Dry Needling is a treatment technique that utilizes thin mono-filament needles to treat myofascial trigger points in muscles. Myofascial trigger points are taught bands in muscle or knots that refer pain locally and/or other areas of the body. These muscle knots contribute to pain, limit joint mobility, decrease muscle flexibility and lower muscle function. Dry Needling is an effective and efficient method of directly targeting myofascial trigger points in order to alleviate pain, reduce muscle tightness, improve joint mobility and enhance muscle function.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN DRY NEEDLING HELP?
Dry Needling is most effective when utilized with a combination of corrective exercise, joint manipulation/mobilization, or cupping. When combined with these other treatment methods, dry needling assists in naturally healing: headaches, tendonitis, back pain, neck pain, jaw pain, tennis elbow, rotator cuff pain, shoulder impingement, frozen shoulder, hip impingement, groin pain, knee sprains, patellofemoral pain, plantar fasciitis muscle strains, sciatica, and disc herniations. Muscle knots or trigger points in any of these regions will benefit from dry needling.
DOES DRY NEEDLING HURT?
Dry Needling requires the use of a very thin mono-filament needle. Since the needle is so thin, most people do not feel the insertion of the needle. During the procedure, you may experience a local twitch response within the muscle. This may feel like a deep ache for a brief moment or a slight muscle twitch. The sensation may reproduce your symptoms locally in the muscle being treated and/or other nearby regions of the body. By reproducing your symptoms during the procedure, we are treating the myofascial trigger point contributing to your pain.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT TO FEEL AFTER DRY NEEDLING?
Dry Needling can cause muscle soreness immediately after treatment. The soreness may vary from person to person and based on the area of the body treated. The soreness feels similar to what you would experience after a workout at the gym. Soreness may last up to 24 hours. In few cases, local bruising from dry needling is possible. Bruising is not a concern and typically resolves within a few days.