What is it and How Can it Help Me?
Dry Needling is the use of solid filament needles inserted through the skin and into the muscle to release painful myofascial trigger points. Trigger points are irritable, hard “knots” within a muscle that may cause pain over a large area, leading to difficulty performing everyday tasks. Dry needling results in the deepest tissue release allowing for improvements in movement and pain. It is called “Dry” Needling because there is no solution injected as with a hypodermic needle during a flu shot. With Dry Needling, the needle itself and the effects it produces within the tissue is the treatment. This soft tissue treatment is useful because it can reach the deeper layers that hands and tools can't reach superficially - this is the most effective at getting those muscles to relax. This may mean less pain, better function, and (for athletes) fewer injuries and better performance.
What Types of Conditions Can Dry Needling Help With?
- Neck/Back Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Migraines and Frequent Headaches
- Sinus Trouble
- Hip and Gluteal Pain
- Knee Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Muscular Strains/Ligament Sprains
- Athletic Performance
And much more!
Does Dry Needling Hurt?
Generally, Dry Needling is pain free. The needles used are extremely thin (about the size of a human hair) and when inserted properly should barely be felt. Patients may report a slight twitch response upon insertion which can cause a moment of tingling, or a reproduction of the pain they are experiencing in that muscle, which is a desirable reaction.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
We are looking to get improvements even from the first visit such as increased range of motion, ease of movement and decreased signs/symptoms. Some patients report being sore after the treatment in both the area treated and the area of referred symptoms. Typically this soreness lasts anywhere between a few hours to two days and there can be occasional light bruising. Soreness may be alleviated by applying ice or heat to the area and performing specific stretches for the treated muscle.
The benefits of Dry Needling frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, better appetite and sleep as well as an enhanced sense of overall well-being. If you’re wondering if dry needling is right for you, contact us today to meet our doctors and get started on your path to your true potential!
Please contact us at Anthon Chiropractic Care - (985)542-1640 for appointment times and additional information.