What Is Dry Needling?
Integrative dry needling is not acupuncture (Traditional Chinese Medicine), it is based on neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. A solid mono-filament needle is inserted through the skin and into the deeper tissues that are considered trigger points to your pain. Dry needling works by creating a micro lesion within the pathological tissue, thereby breaking up shortened tissues, inhibiting a reflex arc from the nervous system to the tissue, normalizing the inflammatory response, and centrally mediating the pain. This mechanical and neuromuscular effect provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal which ultimately reduces pain.
What Conditions Can Be Treated With Dry Needling?
Conditions include, but are not limited to:
Headache to include Migraines and Tension- Type Headaches
Arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow)
Buttock pain and Leg pain (Sciatica, Hamstrings strains, Calf tightness/spasms)
Ankle pain (Achilles' Tendon Strain, Ankle Sprain)
Foot pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
Are The Needles Sterile?
Yes, we only use sterile disposable needles.
Is Dry Needling Painful?
The mono-filament needle is very thin, solid, and flexible, which allows for the needle to be pushed through the skin versus cutting the skin. This helps reduce any discomfort that may occur with the procedure. We strive to make the treatment virtually painless however at times a local twitch response of the muscle may be felt. When the needle is inserted into the pathological tissue the local twitch response sensation is normal and is felt only momentarily.Many patients describe this twitch response as a little electric shock, cramp or an ache sensation. These sensations are perfectly normal and even a desirable response. Your physical therapist will make every effort to make your experience comfortable and therapeutic.
How Will I Feel After The Dry Needling Treatment?
This will vary but many patients experience immediate relief of their symptoms and an increase in range of motion. Soreness can also be a common response from the needling but does not occur with all people. Some individuals may experience an immediate achiness or a delayed soreness the next day. The soreness, if present, will usually last 1-2 days, use of heat and light massage and movement will be beneficial. Mild bruising may occur at the needling sites and is more prevalent in certain parts of the body. Larger bruising may also occur, but is rare. Application of ice on the bruise will help with the soreness and the skin discoloration will last several days but is not harmful.