What is Dry Needling and What Does it Help With?


 August 31

by MDS

Dry needling is a relatively new form of treatment used to help relieve muscle pain and tension. It involves the use of very thin needles that are inserted into the muscle tissue. This helps to break up any knots or trigger points that may be causing pain and discomfort. Dry needling can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including chronic pain, headaches, neck pain, and tennis elbow.

It is a safe and effective treatment option for many people. If you are suffering from any of these conditions, dry needling may be a promising treatment option.

What does dry needling do?

Dry needling treats muscle tissue; its goal is to reduce pain, inactivate trigger points and restore function. It rarely is a standalone procedure. Rather, it often is part of a broader physical therapy approach incorporating other traditional physical therapy interventions into treatment.

How long do dry needling effects last?

You may experience temporary pain between 24 to 48 hours after the dry needling treatment. This temporary pain or uncomfortableness will usually go away on its own after 24-48 hours.

What is the main difference between acupuncture and dry needling?

Dry needling is focused on using intense stimulation on the muscles to get them to release. Acupuncture, on the other hand, does not use strong motivation and it is based on channel theory and using points to heal the body naturally.

How painful is dry needling?

Does dry needling hurt? The actual inserting of the needle does not hurt—these needles are very thin. Sometimes the muscle will twitch when you put it in, and it can feel sore if that happens. You usually will feel a little muscle ache or soreness for a day or two after that feels like you worked out that muscle.

Who can benefit from it?

If you’ve had a muscle injury, it can help. Some people come in to try it when nothing else seems to work, while others use it as part of a treatment plan that includes other types of physical therapy, such as joint mobilizations (when your therapist moves your joints in specific directions with his or her hands), stretching or soft tissue work (massage).

How many sessions do you need?

That varies depending on the problem and how long you’ve had it. I’ve had people that have one or two sessions, all they need to feel good. But I also have patients who have chronic problems, and dry needling is a way to manage a chronic problem. I have several patients who come in once a month. They just get needled wherever they need it, and that’s how they help manage their pain.

Dry needling is a relatively new form of treatment that is growing in popularity. It has been shown to be an effective way to treat a variety of conditions, and the effects often last for some time after the treatment is completed. If you are experiencing pain or other issues and have not tried dry needling yet, contact us to see if it may be able to help you. We offer this service here at Medicina Del Sol, so we are confident we can find something that will work for you.

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