Very similar to acupuncture, dry needling treatment focuses more on the trigger points causing pain.
The treatment involves a filiform needle inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a muscle trigger point or pain area.
These trigger point consist of multiple contraction knots resulting in pain and discomfort felt.
Proper use of dry needling results in the muscle fibers resultant relaxing of contracted muscles, increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying soft tissue.
This in turn holds the muscle tight, prevents muscle metabolites from leaving the muscle and causes continued spasm and pain. Putting a needle into a spasmed muscle causes the muscle to relax.
Common uses for dry needling treatment includeGive you lasting pain relief from head to toe
Eliminate tension, wherever you hold it
- Heal overuse 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
NOTE: only sterile disposable needles are used.
Talk to your chiropractor about the dry needling technique as an effective use of pain treatment.