Dry needling is a effective treatment for muscular pain and trigger points. The doctor places very thin acupuncture needles into the muscle to release the muscular tension or trigger point. The needles are placed into the muscle creating a muscle twitch or contraction. The muscle twitch releases the trigger point allowing the muscle to relax, restoring the muscle function and decreasing the patients pain.
What Conditions Can Dry Needling Treat?
Dry Needling can treat the following conditions:
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Trigger Points or “knots”
- Tight Hamstrings
- Hip Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Elbow Pain
- Calf Pain
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
Dry needling is a very effective treatment for acute and chronic muscular pain. The benefits of Dry Needling include a decrease in pain, increased mobility, and increased strength. Typically, positive results are apparent within 2-4 treatment sessions but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms and overall health of the patient. Another benefit of dry needling is that we can reset the muscle with less pain and get a quicker response to treatment.
How is Dry Needling Different from Acupuncture?
Dry needling and Acupuncture are completely different treatments. The only similarity between the two techniques is the equipment we use – acupuncture needles. Dry needling specifically treats muscular pain and trigger points while Acupuncture is complete healing system that focuses on balancing a patient’s energy or Qi.