Dry needling is an effective treatment option to address soft tissue impairments. It is called dry because no medications such as hydrocortisone or Novocain (often used by physicians) are used.
Dry needling is different than acupuncture, though a similar type of needle is used. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese method based on normalizing the flow of the energy (Qi) in the body. The needles are inserted superficially to the acupuncture points to stimulate and balance the flow of the energy, therefore encouraging the self-healing process.
In dry needling the needles are inserted deep to the compromised tissue and sometimes is manually moved to stimulate the tissue. Sometimes electrotherapy with very low current is used for stimulating the tissues and promoting a better “healing “response.
Dry needling is used for impairment of all connective tissues such as: muscles, joint capsule, tendons, ligaments and perineural tissues and is not limited to treat taut bands in the muscles or trigger points (tender spots in the muscles causing referred pain). Acute injury or chronic conditions interrupt the normal neurophysiological function of tissue. Inserting the needle into the affected tissue will create a therapeutic response. Literature shows that this method can restore the normal balance of chemicals at the cellular level and stimulate a healing response.
We use Dry Needling as part of the treatment for the listed conditions below:
- Cervicogenic Headaches
- TMJ dysfunction
- Neck and Back pain
- Hip pain