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Dry Needling

 

Dry_Needling_Image.jpgWhat is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is a treatment modality that involves the insertion of a solid thin filament needle into the soft tissues (muscle, ligament, tendons and fascia) to decrease pain, inflammation and stimulate healing. Dry Needling is an effective therapy to treat muscular tension and spasm which commonly accompanies conditions such as arthritis, nerve irritation, muscular strain, ligament strains and herniated discs.  It is called “Dry” Needling because there is no solution injected as with a hypodermic needle during an injection.  With Dry Needling, the needle itself and the effects it produces within the tissue is the treatment.


What is the Difference Between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

Both Dry Needling and Acupuncture use the same tool; a solid thin filament needle, but the intent of the treatment is very different. The primary difference is the philosophy and intent of the therapists performing the procedure. Acupuncturist attempts to influence the body’s health by inserting needles into the various meridians. Dry needling on the other hand, uses the same needle to treat overactive tissues to help control muscle tone, inflammation and decrease pain.


Does it Hurt?

In most instances, the insertion of the treatment needle feels like a light scratch or poke. However, if the muscle is sensitive due to spam or trigger points, the patient my feel a sensation similar to a muscle cramp and receive a twitch response.


Who Can Benefit From Dry Needling?

Almost anyone can benefit from Dry Needling that is experiencing pain, muscles spams and trigger points. Some of the most common conditions treated by Dry Needling include the following:

 

  • Headaches

  • Neck Pain

  • Back pain

  • Tendinitis

  • Trigger Points

  • Muscle Spasms

  • Muscle Strains

  • Sciatica

  • Shoulder and Elbow Pain

  • Hip and Knee Pain 

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Neuritis

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Tennis and Golfer's Elbow

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Overuse injuries

 

Are There any Side Effects to Dry Needling?

Side effects may vary among individuals. The most common side effects are mild muscle soreness and light skin irritatin.


Is Dry Needling Covered by Health Insurance?

In most cases Dry Needling is not covered by insurance and is a cash-based procedure. 


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