Dry Needling Q & A
What is dry needling?
Dry needling, also called trigger point dry needling or myofascial trigger point dry needling, is a technique used to treat muscle and connective tissue pain. This Western treatment involves inserting thin, filiform needles into your skin to target trigger points — knotted areas in your muscles that often cause pain and discomfort.
Inserting filiform needles into these trigger points stimulates their surrounding tissue to release tension while relieving pain.
Which types of pain can dry needling treat?
Dry needling is almost always recommended in addition to physical therapy, manual therapy, massage therapy, and other forms of rehabilitation. When used in combination with a comprehensive rehabilitation program, dry needling can improve the symptoms of:
- Herniated disc
- Joint pain
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
- Neck pain
- Spinal problems
- Muscle tension
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tension headaches
- Shoulder pain
- Hip pain
- Pain from shingles
You should not try dry needling if you are pregnant or have a phobia of needles. Talk to your doctor before your first session if you take blood thinners or have only recently undergone surgery.
What happens during dry needling?
The trigger points that Dr. Vickers targets during dry needling depends entirely on the location and level of pain you’re experiencing. Once he maps out your treatment plan, Dr. Vickers inserts thin, solid needles into your predetermined trigger points.
Pain experts believe that dry needling affects the way your brain and muscles communicate, allowing your system to return to a smoother, more effective movement pattern to release tension and prevent future muscle pain.
Depending on your treatment plan, Dr. Vickers may insert the needles for as little as a few seconds to as long as 10-15 minutes.
After the treatment, Dr. Vickers disposes of your needles and uses new, sterile needles at your next session.
How does dry needling feel?
It’s perfectly normal to experience twitching muscles, muscle soreness, aching muscles, and slight pain and bleeding at the needle site. These side effects should subside shortly after your dry needling treatment.
Dry needling is highly effective at treating and managing musculoskeletal pain and tension. Over time, it can help restore function to damaged muscles, joints, tissues, and more.
If you want to learn more about dry needling, call Allied Healthcare, LLC, or schedule a consultation online today.