Dry needling is a effective treatment for muscular pain and trigger points. The doctor places very thin acupuncture needles into the muscle to release the muscular tension or trigger point. The needles are placed through the thin fascia that surrounds the muscle and into the muscle belly. This releases the fascia and muscle fibers and allows the muscle to relax, restoring the muscle function and decreasing the patients pain.
Dry needling works well for tendinitis also. The thin acupuncture needles are placed near the area of tendon attachment to bone. This treatment allows a small amount of blood cells to enter the area of inflammation. The blood cells recognize the inflammation at the tendon attachment and release chemical signals to your body healing cells. In most cases the healing occurred with in days.
What Conditions Can Dry Needling Treat?
Dry Needling can treat the following conditions:
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Trigger Points or “knots”
- Tight Hamstrings
- Hip Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Elbow Pain
- Calf Pain
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
Dry needling is a very effective treatment for acute and chronic muscular pain. The benefits of Dry Needling include a decrease in pain, increased mobility, and increased strength. Typically, positive results are apparent within 2-4 treatment sessions but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms and overall health of the patient. Another benefit of dry needling is that we can reset the muscle with less pain and get a quicker response to treatment.
How is Dry Needling Different from Acupuncture?
Dry needling and Acupuncture are completely different treatments. The only similarity between the two techniques is the equipment we use – acupuncture needles. Dry needling specifically treats muscular pain and tightness while Acupuncture is complete healing system that focuses on balancing a patient’s energy or Qi.
If you would like to receive Dry Needling give our office a call at (406) 281-8262 and schedule a free 15 minute consultation to see if dry needling is an option for you.