Dry Needling for Pain Management
Dry needling is a technique for managing muscle pain. Also known as trigger point dry needling and intramuscular manual therapy, this treatment is different from acupuncture and is based on Western medical research and practices. For many patients, it provides significant pain relief without the need for medications. Dry needling is one of the many services we offer here at Denver South Chiropractic. If you are wondering if this treatment is right for you, keep reading to discover the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
How Does Dry Needling Work?
Dry needling involves inserting needles directly into muscles. These needles are not treated with any type of medication. Instead, they are inserted into trigger points, or tight bands of muscle situated in larger muscle groups, to relieve pain.
This type of treatment works by creating a local twitch response and disrupting a dysfunctional motor end plate. Research indicates that muscles remain stimulated for up to 72 hours following treatment.
What Can Dry Needling Treat?
Dry needling is effective in the treatment of several conditions, including back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, headaches, sciatica, muscle strains and plantar fasciitis.
How Should You Prepare for Your Appointment?
Eat a light meal prior to your appointment, and wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the areas where you are experiencing pain.
What Should You Expect?
During dry needling, your skin is pierced using very thin needles. The pain associated with the procedure is minimal, and the needles used during treatment are sterile.
You may begin to notice improvement after your first treatment. You may also experience slight muscle soreness or bruising, both of which can be relieved with the application of heat and ice.
Dry Needling in Denver
Denver South Chiropractic is proud to offer dry needling in Denver, and we have helped several patients manage their symptoms. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today. Call 303-757-7272.