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DRY NEEDLING

Dr. Carlee is proud to offer dry needling as an additional service for our existing patients!

Dry needling is a tool to help with neuromusculoskelatal pain. It uses one or multiple monofilament needles (similar to an acupuncture needle) to help with symptoms of trigger points in muscle tissue, fascia, and connective tissue. The goal of dry needling is to improve range of motion in an area of the body and help reduce pain. Dry needling is a great addition to other modalities we use at the office including a chiropractic adjustment.

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What does a dry needling session look like?


Sessions are 15 minutes long and can be done after chiropractic or scheduled by themselves if you are an existing patient. During the session, a needle is inserted into a trigger point. Trigger points are often described as a taut band in a muscle where the pain is radiating from. Trigger points can be caused by many things including injury, overuse, and improper movement patterns. Patients often experience relief immediately after the treatment.
 

What is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?


Dry needling is a newer treatment used to help treat trigger points, often uses less needles than acupuncture and is sometimes paired with electrical stimulation. Acupuncture is an important part of Chinese medicine and is over 3,000 years old. Acupuncture is looking to balance the flow of energy through the body called chi or qi.

Why is it called dry needling?

 

The term dry needling came from the fact that the needle is not injecting anything into the body. Wet needling is used to inject corticosteroids and other pain-relieving substances into the body. When wet needling was being researched the control group had a "dry injection” in which nothing was injected into the body to study the effect of pain-relieving agents. When the results came back they found that the control group also had improved outcomes. The PTs on the study realized that the needle was just as powerful as the injections and dry needling has evolved into what it is today.

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