Dry needling is the practice of superficial insertion of an acupuncture needle into a trigger point or painful area within soft tissue.
It is called dry needling because, unlike a needle used to give a shot, no fluid flows through it.
While the procedure looks similar to that of acupuncture the methodology differs. Acupunctures use a system of diagnosis and treatment based on Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture points and meridians,
Dry needling is a Western adaptaion of acupuncture. Practioners of dry needling insert needles into symptomatic areas as guided by patient response to pressure.
We leave the needles in anywhere from 30 seconds to 3 minutes. The needles are very thin and are only inserted a couple of millimeters.
In thicker muscles or in areas that are a little more well insultated, the patient will typically experience very little pain (if any) upon insertion and may not evern notice when it happens.
Dry needling in areas closer to bones—as in the hands or feet—is more noticeable and may cause discomfort upon insertion, though it will most likely dissipate quickly.
Because of superficial arteries, veins, and nerves, minimal bruising, bleeding, or tingling at the insertion point may occur.
The irritation associated with needle insertion appears to spark a natural healing response within the body as the fascia begins to immeditately respond. It's like sending a tiny message to the brain that initates an immeditate response within the tissue.
Some patients experience immeditate and complete alleviation of their symptoms in the first visit. Others, take a little longer. As always, the quicker you come into be seen after an injury, the more immeditate your healing response will be. Within 6 treatments, you willl know if dry needling is the answer you seek.
Combine your dry needling experience with chiropractic care and changes to your diet and you will feel better even faster!