Dry Needling Pin Point Relief for Muscle Pain

What is Dry Needling? How can it help you? 

Trigger points are a source of pain that is immediately palpable. They often contain multiple contracted knots within the muscle, which can feel like tight bands. These “muscle knots”, also known as muscle knots, can limit movement and cause pain. They can become more severe if they are not treated. Physical therapists use trigger point dry needling to treat these trigger points. This involves inserting a thin, sterile filament/acupuncture needle into the sore or tight muscle. Dry needling is different from steroid injections in that no substance is injected into the body. The needle will cause a twitch reaction when it penetrates the muscle knots. This indicates that the trigger point has been released or deactivated. The cellular level changes in the muscle’s physiology to absorb calcium better, increase circulation, encourage tissue remodeling, and promote healing. This can be compared with re-booting a computer’s hard drive.

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Physical Therapy Dry needling near me can be combined with other physical therapy treatments to treat the following conditions:

  • Acute and chronic tendonitis/tendinosis
  • Athletic overuse injuries
  • Baseball throwing-related tightness/discomfort
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hamstring strains
  • Whiplash and Headaches
  • Hip pain and leg pain
  • IT band syndrome
  • Muscle spasms
  • Lower back and neck pain
  • Traumatic injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and work-related injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Sciatic pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Tennis/golfer’s elbow
  • TMJ
  • Other musculoskeletal conditions

How long does dry needling take?

Many times, the improvement in mobility and pain relief is immediately felt. It may take several sessions, usually once a week, to see a lasting improvement.

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What Are the Advantages of Dry Needling

  • Access – This technique is faster than other massages and can reach deeper muscles and parts of the body.
  • No drugs – We don’t use any drugs in dry needling. This allows us to treat many trigger points at once.
  • Instant Relief – We can deactivate trigger points to provide immediate relief. Then we can stretch the muscles and train them to move in a pain-free range of motion. Dry needling can achieve results that cannot be achieved with any other treatment.   

This Sound Like Acupuncture

The needles used in both services are the same, but this is where the similarities end. We know that acupuncture is more Eastern medicine-based in origin, emphasizing energy flow and energy in relation to the body’s meridians. Dry needling, on the other hand, is a Western medicine practice that targets specific problems within the muscles.

Is Physical Therapy Dry Needling Near Me Harmful?

We use very thin filament needles. The needle’s first sensation of entering the skin is minimal. It feels much like a vaccine or blood draw. The twitch sensation that occurs once the needle touches the muscle is more similar to a deep cramp and lasts only for 15-30 seconds. Although muscle soreness can last from 12-24 hours after treatment, it is often called “needle sore”. However, the long-term benefits are well worth it!

Can Dry Needling Help me?

Physical Therapy Dry needling near me is a better option for those who have experienced good results from massage but feel disappointed when their discomfort returns. Dry needling can be used to treat any type of muscle. It is also able to reach depths that are not possible with other forms of bodywork. Some trigger points are too deep within the tissue to be treated with a massage or deep tissue work. Dry needling can be a great way for you to get the most out of your physical therapy. It allows us to remove deep knots and restrictions that were previously impossible to reach.

How many Needles Do I Need?   

To get a feel of the technique, we like to begin slowly in the first session. Your problem muscles will be the focus of your first session. These areas will provide excellent relief and less soreness. To fine-tune the effects, subsequent treatments may target specific areas. You can expect to notice a difference in as little as 2 to 3 sessions.

What will I feel after dry needling?

After the session, you will notice a change in your body. You should feel less pain and more mobile. Your muscles will also feel sore like you would after a hard workout. You may feel tired and sore for a few hours or two days. However, it should not affect your daily activities. To keep the soreness at bay, we encourage you to get active. You can resume your regular activities and go to the gym. You’ll feel less tightness and pain after a few days. You’ll notice a decrease in pain and injury. We’d love to talk with you about this treatment option if you have been suffering from chronic, long-lasting muscle pain.

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"We Help Active Adults & Athletes Get Back To Workouts and Sports They Enjoy without surgery, stopping activities they love, or relying on pain medicine."
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