Pain Relief Through Dry Needling
Do you experience pain or dysfunction in muscles and joints that you can’t explain?
It’s possible that you may have Trigger Point pain.
Trigger Points are bands or knots of muscle tissue and fascia that have become contracted, or shortened, and become tender and painful. Not only can this cause localized pain but these Trigger Points can refer pain to other joints and tissues.
At Green Life Chiropractic & Wellness, we utilize Dry Needling as a skillful intervention for Trigger Points.
Trigger Point Dry Needling
Dry needling is the practice that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points (painful knots), muscles, and connective tissues to help resolve neuro-musculoskeletal pain and movement dysfunctions.
Dry Needling is used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissues while diminishing persistent peripheral nociceptive input (pain signals come from nociceptive input) and helping to restore body impairments and function leading to improved activity and participation.
Dry Needling produces the same effect as injection of local anesthetic in terms of inactivation of trigger points. Needling myofascial trigger points may deform the muscle fibers or destroy motor endplates resulting in disruption of the trigger point.
Is Dry Needling Similar to Acupuncture?
Dry needling is not acupuncture or Oriental Medicine involving the altering or balancing of energy (“Qi”) along with traditional Chinese meridians for the treatment of disease or ailments.
Dry Needling is a modern, science based approach for the identification and treatment of myofascial trigger points and other musculoskeletal conditions.
- Pain Control
- Restores range of motion and function to tissue
- Reduces muscle tension
- Promotes healing response in tissues
- Normalize biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor endplates
- Accelerates return to normal activity
Is the Dry Needling Painful?
Most patients do not feel the insertion of the needle as it is too thin. When the trigger point is needled, a local twitch response will elicit a very brief (less than a second) response. This can feel similar to a little electric shock or a cramping sensation. The elicitation of the local twitch response is a good a desirable reaction to treatment.
What to expect right after treatment
Your symptoms may appear to be increased for 12 to 48 hours, depending on the severity of the condition. Soreness, similar to “workout soreness” may set in. Heat will help minimize soreness you may experience.
It is common to feel tired, emotional, giggly, or “loopy” and somehow “out of it” after treatment. This is a normal response than can last up to an hour or two after treatment.