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Dry Needling Therapy

Dry Needle Therapy (also known as Trigger Point Dry Needling and Myofascial Dry Needling)

Dry needle therapy is a relatively new term used to describe the insertion of an acupuncture needle into a trigger point or area of pain on a patient. It is the very basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine using insertion sites called ah shi points, trigger points or meridians. The acupuncture needle is used to create a neurological response with in the muscle tissue. Promoting the free flow of Qi or Xue which will improve circulation to the area of pain. Patients experiencing chronic pain can benefit most from trigger point dry needling.

Dry Needling Technique

The dry needling technique is done using sterile stainless steel one time use disposable needles. The number of needles used depends on the patient’s condition. A mild-dull-sensation may be felt with insertion of the acupuncture needle and subsides within 1-2 minutes. Treatment time usually lasts between 30-40 minutes. Follow up appointments may be recommended depending on the type of pain you have, how long it’s been going on and the symptoms you’re experiencing. On average you can expect about 4-6 treatments. Other modalities used to reduce pain are cupping, gua sha, electrotherapy and press tacs. These can be used in conjunction with dry needling to greater reduce pain patients are experiencing.

Dry Needle vs. Acupuncture

When comparing dry needling vs acupuncture: they both have similar functions as far as stimulating a neurophysiologic mechanism within the body. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine have been around for thousands of years and have used these techniques to treat many types pain. Dry needle, or trigger point dry needling / myofascial dry needling are relatively new terms for an ancient technique.

Dry Needle Therapy

Dry needle therapy can be helpful in providing relief for pain associated with plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, stiffness, tension, muscle spasms and sensations of mild numbness or tingling.

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