Trigger Point Dry Needling
Benefits of Dry Needling
The primary goal of Dry Needling is to desensitize supersensitive structures, to restore motion and function and induce a healing response in the tissue.
There is a good reason world class athletes from around the globe are being treated for pain and dysfunction using this technique. It provides quick and tangible results for a variety of different types of injuries. Whether you strained you lower back picking up your toddler or are dealing with knee pain after exercise, Dry Needling can help get you back into your daily activities and exercise routines. What if you could decrease your current symptoms in just a few sessions? Don’t wait for pain to get worse before you address it.
How is Dry Needling Different From Acupuncture?
Dry Needling is a technique to treat the neuro-musculoskeletal systems based on pain patterns, muscular dysfunction, and other orthopedic signs and symptoms. Dry Needling depends upon physical examination and assessment to guide the treatment; moreover, this allows you to test and re-test after a Dry Needling treatment has been performed. It gives you the opportunity to show the patient or client their improvements in a quick fashion.
Traditional Chinese Medicine explains Acupuncture as a technique for balancing the Flow of Energy or Life Force, known as Qi or Chi, believed to flow through meridians, pathways, in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, Acupuncture Practitioners believe that your Energy Flow will re-balance.
A monofilament needle is the only thing that is related in TCM Acupuncture and Dry Needling. There are similarities but very significant differences between TCM style of Acupuncture and Dry Needling. Acupuncture follows rules and beliefs, which have been established since early times. Whereas Dry Needling does not follow the Acupuncture philosophy. Most if not all of the TCM is based on pre-scientific ideas whereas, Dry Needling is totally based on modern scientific, neurophysiology and anatomy. Dry Needling provides pain relief and is based on recent understanding of pain science.
Is There Any Reason I Shouldn’t Have Dry Needling Done?
There are specific cases where dry needling is not an advisable treatment option. Pregnancy, vascular disease, diabetes, and a compromised immune system are among a few. Each patients medical history will be reviewed prior to performing this technique in order to ensure that it is an appropriate treatment option. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us and we can discuss your specific case in further detail.
What To Expect?
Each patient will undergo a subjective and physical evaluation prior to any treatment. It’s important that we diagnose the injury first and come up with a treatment plan. If trigger points and soft tissue restrictions are noted and Dry Needling would be beneficial we then proceed with our patients consent.
Wearing loose fitting, athletic clothing is helpful so that we can easily expose the targeted muscle group. Each needle is prepackaged in a sterilized tube that is used only once for each area. Additionally, we wear gloves and the skin is always prepped with an alcohol rub.
A local twitch response in the muscle is not uncommon and can cause some slight discomfort. Most patients describe the actually insertion of the needle as painless because it’s so thin and pliable. We always retest painful movements and ranges after this technique and see a noticeable change immediately.
What our patients have been saying about Dry Needling…
“I was in a lot of neck/back pain as a result of stress from work to the point where I couldn’t do the things I love when I am not working such as play golf or ride my bike. Brian performed the dry needling in the areas that I had extreme pain and it completely removed the pain and gave me full range of motion back. He also gave me some at home exercises to help strengthen and maintain those problem areas. I feel great and I am enjoying getting to be active again. Thanks Brian!“
– Taylor A