What is DRY NEEDLING?
DRY NEEDLING is an extremely effective technique that uses a very fine acupuncture needle to “deactivate” or “shut down” painful or knotted areas in your muscles. Many of us have areas in our body that feel tense all the time or feel like a hard ball in the muscle. By inserting fine needles into these tight areas, we elicit a “twitch response” or a brief contraction followed by an immediate and long lasting relaxation. Because the needle can treat very deep parts of the muscle, the technique can achieve amazing pain relief that you never thought was possible.
At Integrative Chiropractic use Dry Needling to:
- Give you lasting pain relief from head to toe
- Eliminate tension, wherever you hold it
- Heal overuse & sports injuries
- Get rid of knots in muscles
- Help muscles heal after injury
- Release tight muscles
- Speed healing time
- Improve blood flow at a deep level
- Stimulate a muscle to work better
- Prevent injuries in the first place
- Get people back exercising ASAP
- Heal chronic injuries of muscles, tendons and joints
Will Dry Needling Help Me?
Does massage give you great relief, but doesn’t last as long as you would like? People who have good results with massage but have pain that returns quickly afterward, are great candidates for Dry Needing treatment.It offers more long lasting relief because we are able to treat the muscle at depths impossible with other types of bodywork. After eliminating the deep knots and restrictions that have, up until now, been unreachable, will also allow you to get more out of your massage therapy sessions.Dry Needling works best for people with overuse injuries, chronic pain, and sports injuries.
Does The Needle Hurt?
Because acupuncture needles are very fine and solid, they don’t hurt as they pass through the skin like a hollow injection needle does. The sensations people report are “deep heaviness”, “pressure”, “releasing”, “blood flow”, or “soreness”. The needle is left in for a short period of time, just long enough to relax the muscle. The procedure is repeated in different areas until the muscle returns to its normal, relaxed state. Because the treatment areas can be sensitive, there may be minor discomfort. However, short term discomfort is well worth tolerating considering the long term relief Dry Needling provides!
How Many Needles Will I Need?
We will start very slowly during the first session to give you a feel for the technique. The first session will focus on a few muscles that are key to your problem. These key areas can give you excellent relief with less soreness. Subsequent treatments will target more specific areas to fine-tune the effect. Sessions are usually spaced 5-7 days apart and you should expect to feel a marked difference after just a few sessions.
How Will I Feel After DRY NEEDLING?
You will know positive change has occurred right after the session, because you will be sore in the way that you would feel after too much activity. The muscle will feel fatigued and the soreness can last from a few hours to 1-2 days but should not interfere with your everyday activities. We encourage you to be active during this time to keep the soreness to a minimum. After a day or so, you’ll experience a new feeling of less pain and tightness that will last. The chronic injury you thought was there to stay will actually start to improve. Please call us today to give DRY NEEDLING a try. You won’t believe how good you will feel!