Dry Needling employs a sterile, one-time use, fine filament needle that is inserted into the agitated muscle to decrease pain and increase mobility through the release of myofascial trigger points, or knots in the muscle.
A myofascial trigger point is a group of muscle fibers that have been shortened due to use, but have not been able to return back to their original or relaxed state. When these trigger points become tight, they compress the capillaries and nerves, thus decreasing mobility. This can lead to discomfort when touched, moved or stretched.
Dry Needling can treat a number of different aches and pains associated with:
- Joint problems (back, neck, shoulders, knees, etc.)
- Disk problems
- Migraines and headaches
- Jaw and mouth problems (TMJD)
- Repetitive motion disorders (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Restless Leg Syndrome, etc.)
- Spinal problems
- Pelvic pain
- Night cramps
- Phantom pain
How It Works
A fine needle will be inserted into the center of the targeting myofascial trigger point, allowing blood to pool around the needle to trigger the agitated muscle fibers. In turn, this will provide muscle relaxation, fresh oxygen and nutrients to the surrounding area.
While undergoing dry needling, patients may endure several different sensations. Typically, muscle soreness, aching or twitching when a needle is inserted is a good sign. The needles may be placed as shallow or deep and for shorter or longer periods of time depending on the type of pain being treated and how long the pain has been there for. Shorter periods involve the needle being left in the muscle for seconds, while longer periods could range anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. Your doctor will determine the best option for you.
Avoid Harsh Painkillers and Surgery
Dry Needling is a safe and effective solution for those who are looking to avoid taking painkillers or going under the knife.