What Conditions Can Be Treated?
Many conditions can be treated but are not limited to neck, back and shoulder pain, headache (migraines and tension-type), SI joint pain, buttock pain and leg pain (sciatica), upper and lower extremity strains, tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, calf tightness and spasms. Treatment is best before the injury, which makes it an excellent modality for injury prevention for runners and elite athletes who develop overuse syndromes. But needling can be included with acute injury treatment to assist in restoring mobility. It is also excellent for lengthening muscles in pre-adolescents with growing pains and muscle tightness.
Is The Procedure Painful?
We use a fine filament needle which is solid and flexible. This allows the needle to slide through the skin instead of cutting the skin. A local muscle twitch response might be felt once the needle is inserted into the pathological tissue. Most patients describe the twitch as minor temporary cramp or even electric shock. At times the only sensation felt during dry needling is pressure. The local twitch response is a good and desirable response but is not the determining factor of a successful outcome.
How Will I Feel After Treatment?
Dry needling treatment response varies from patient to patient. Many individuals experience immediate relief of their symptoms and an increase in range of motion or mobility, along with an enhanced sense of well-being. Some individuals have a delayed response and notice an improvement in symptoms the following day. Soreness can occur from needling, if present, might last up to 2 days after treatment. Mild bruising might occur at the needling sites depending on the area of the body, and application of ice on the bruise will help with any soreness. Most individuals have no restrictions after treatment and will continue their normal activities of daily living.
Can I Receive Other Treatment In Conjunction with Dry Needling?
Yes,dry needling therapy is used as an adjunct along with adjustment, massage therapy, manual therapies, therapeutic exercise and treatment you may already be receiving.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The doctor will evaluate your condition to determine the appropriate amount of treatment. Most individuals benefit from only four to six sessions, scheduled a week apart, and as needed after that. Chronically inflamed and post surgical patients may require additional treatments.