Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling uses a small, thin filament needle to stimulate the healing process of underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular and connective tissues disorders in acute and chronic pain. By inserting a needle into the dysfunctional tissue, it often leads to a contraction of the muscle which then stimulates the muscle spasm or trigger point to release. This leads to a reduction of pain, improvements in flexibility and function and can restore normalized movement when combined with a Chiropractic adjustment and corrective exercises.

What is a Myofascial Trigger Point?

A myofascial trigger point is a hyperirritable spot within a tight, hypersensitive “knot” or band of skeletal muscle spasms that produces local or referred pain. The trigger point can lead to increased pain, decreased flexibility and decreased muscle function if not treated. Trigger point dry needling is a safe, effective and efficient treatment technique to release these painful spots.

What type of problems can be treated?

Muscle dysfunction can be the primary or secondary contributing factor to many neuromusculoskeletal conditions, which can include:

– Repetitive stress injuries
– Tendonitis or tendinopathy
– Muscle strains
– IT band syndrome
– Patellofemoral dysfunction
– Plantar fasciitis
– Neck pain or headaches
– Rotator cuff impingement
– Carpal tunnel syndrome
– SI joint dysfunction
– Sciatica

This treatment is not based on traditional Chinese medicine, “acupuncture” which focuses on meridians. Modern dry needling is based on Western Neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the muscles and nervous system. Both Modalities use the same tool; a solid needle filament. This modality can only be done by trained clinicians.