The term dry needling is used to differentiate this treatment from acupuncture. Dry Needling primarily treats areas of muscle pain (trigger points) deep within the muscles, that often have a build up of lactic acid or scar tissue.
Pain in the muscles may be caused by trigger points - essentially contracted muscles that can refer pain throughout the body. Dry needling helps release these shortened muscles and promote healing.
Thin needles are inserted into the tense bands of muscle. When the needles penetrate the muscles, they help relax the bands and release the neurochemicals that are causing pain. It helps the muscles to relax, blood flow to increase, and the body's natural healing process to take over. Once the trigger point is released, the muscle quickly begins to function normally.
Because dry needling is the penetration of the skin by an acupuncture needle, strict needle safety protocols are observed and sterility of the equipment is always maintained. Our office only uses sterile, disposable needles at all times.
Dry needling can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions that include neck pain, headaches, low back pain, knee pain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, shoulder pain, hip pain and whiplash injuries.
Dry Needle Technique is considered a "cutting edge" therapy and is often utilized in our office to help speed recovery from injury.