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Dry Needling

Dry needling is an effective treatment for chronic pain (of musculoskeletal origin) with very few side effects. Our dry needling certified chiropractic physicians are highly-trained and committed to excellence and quality care for all patients.

What is Dry Needling? Dry Needling involves the insertion of a thin filament needle to stimulate the healing process of soft tissues (muscle "trigger points", fascia, tendons and ligaments, etc.). The result of dry needling is pain relief and restoration of healthy physiology. 

What are "trigger points"? "Trigger points" are very irritable points in muscles that are associated with very sensitive and palpable nodules, commonly referred to as “knots." These areas are painful and can also “radiate” in different pain patterns. Does it hurt? A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of this needle. However, if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, patients may feel a sensation similar to a muscle twitch (known as a “local twitch response”). 

What is the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture? The objectives and philosophy behind the use of dry needling is not based on ancient theories or tenets of traditional Chinese medicine. The methods of modern dry needling is based on Western Neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Both Dry Needling and Acupuncture do, however, use the same tool; a solid needle filament. 

Who can benefit from Dry Needling? Almost anyone experiencing a variety of pain problems including, but not limited to: 

  • Acute/Chronic injuries 
  • Headaches 
  • Neck/Back pain 
  • Tendinitis 
  • Muscle Spasms 
  • "Sciatica" 
  • Hip/Knee pain 
  • Muscle strains 
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • "Tennis/Golfer's Elbow" 
  • Plantar Fasciitis 
  • Overuse injuries

Are there any side effects to Dry Needling?

Side effects may vary among individuals. Typically, only mild muscle soreness or skin bruising.

Dry Needling