What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is a highly effective technique that uses a very fine needle without any medication to relax trigger points in muscles. Trigger points are the “knots” or tight bands you can feel within muscles that can contribute to pain, decreased flexibility and decreased muscle function. If other modes of treatment have not been effective in the past at reducing your muscular pain, consider Dry Needling.
Who can benefit from Dry Needling?
Dry needling can treat a variety of problems: Fibromyalgia, neck/back pain, chronic pain/injuries, headaches, muscle spasms, shoulder pain, elbow pain, hip/knee pain, muscle strains, contractures, adhesions, whiplash from auto accidents, sports injuries and many more.
What is the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?
While both Dry Needling and Acupuncture use the same tool, a solid filament needle, the principles of Dry Needling are not based on stimulating “channels or meridians” to restore “a balance of energy” like Acupuncture. Rather, Dry Needling utilizes the needle to penetrate skin and stimulate trigger points and connective tissues for the management of pain and movement problems.
Does it hurt?
Our sterile, disposable needles are very thin. Most patients do not even feel the needle go in. When the needle is inserted into the injured tissue, a twitch response may be felt. Patients have described this as an aching or cramping sensation. These sensations are perfectly normal and even desirable.
How will I feel after my Dry Needling treatment?
This will vary, but many patients experience immediate relief of their symptoms and an increase in range of motion. Soreness or mild bruising may occur, but is not harmful.
Will I continue to do exercises or receive other treatments?
Yes, your customized physical therapy program at Bodyworks will still incorporate traditional physical therapy methods including manual therapy, stretching, strengthening and posture training.