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 as it indicates that the trigger point is responding.
A patient may also feel these sensations in other areas that are not being treated at that moment. This is normal and expected! Trigger points are commonly associated with referred pain to other parts of the body. Your provider will educate you on where you can expect this. Your provider will ensure that you feel comfortable throughout the process!
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.