Dry needling is a modern form of care that utilizes very thin acupuncture needles to relieve the aches and pains of musculoskeletal injuries without relying on potentially harmful medications. By carefully placing the needles into trigger points and other tissue that is injured or damaged, the muscles are able to relax – ultimately, relieving pain, knots, and spasms.
Are you desperate for relief? Integrative Health & Rehabilitation can help. Learn more about dry needling and decide if it is right for you.
What Is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is similar to acupuncture. However, instead of stimulating meridian points, it stimulates specific anatomical landmarks. Dry needling is used to help restore function and range of motion to an injured area. It focuses on musculoskeletal problems, such as neck and back pain, sports injuries, and rehabilitating muscles and joints after surgery.
How It Works
With dry needling, there is no medication being injected. While laying or sitting in a position to allow access to the area to be treated, needles will be strategically inserted into the muscles, ligaments and tendons that are injured or irritated. The goal of dry needling is to wake up the problem area by creating maximum muscular contraction to release tension and encourage relaxation. When successful, long-term pain and discomfort resolve.
Benefits of Care
Similar to acupuncture, dry needling is useful for a wide range of acute and chronic orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions. These conditions include:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder stiffness
- Hamstring issues
- Post-surgery discomfort
- Muscle tightness
- Rotator cuff problems
- Shin splints
- Leg edema
- Sports-related injuries
If you are experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, dry needling may be a viable option for you. Be sure to reach out to our practice for more information regarding your specific condition.
Dr. Crump is our dry needling specialist. She spends an hour with each practice member she sees. You can expect that she will perform dry needling for 15 to 30 minutes. Dr. Crump will then move on to 30 more minutes of additional manual work, such as full-body stretching, joint mobilization, and muscular training. This allows her to give your body the best chance possible to respond optimally. Following dry needling, you will be scheduled for a 30 minute to one-hour massage to encourage lasting results.
In preparation for your visit, you will receive an in depth exam to make sure that dry needling is the best therapy for your specific complaint. To prevent fatigue, we suggest that you arrive to your session rested and well-hydrated.
The Dry Needling Difference
While dry needling is similar to acupuncture because of the use of acupuncture needles, it is not the same as acupuncture. Acupuncture needles are placed in specific acupuncture points found along “channels”, mapped by acupuncturists thousands of years ago. Dry needling places needles in anatomical areas like the origins and insertions of muscles or in small bundles of muscle stuck together called “trigger points”.
Dry needling is also performed by inserting one needle at a time and waiting for a specific response before the needle is removed. Acupuncture involves the insertion of several needles into different areas of the body where they are left for 15 to 20 minutes before being removed.
Who Does It Help?
People both young and old, suffering from a variety of unique conditions can benefit from dry needling. For most practice members, this therapy is a last resort after struggling to find lasting pain relief through traditional care methods. From sprains and overuse injuries to fibromyalgia – dry needling has been proven helpful to many who are in desperate relief of pain.
Your Comfort First
Integrative Health & Rehabilitation understands that needles commonly make people uncomfortable. There is no need to worry. You are in the best hands with us on your side. Dry needling is safe and is accompanied by few negative sensations. Depending on your needs, you may feel a quick zing, slight numbness, or small cramp. These feelings will only last for a short time.
We want you to feel as comfortable as possible while under our care. We are glad to answer any questions you might have for us before, during, and after your appointment. Please do not hesitate to communicate with us – we want to hear from you!