Dry Needling for Pain
What is dry needling?
Dry needling is a technique used to relieve chronic pain in muscles. It is also known as intramuscular stimulation or trigger point stimulation. The procedure involves inserting thin, solid needles, which are called acupuncture needles, into trigger points in the muscle.
What does dry needling treat?
Dry needling is effective for treating chronic pain caused by muscle tension. The process involves stimulating the trigger points in the muscles with the needle, which can release tension and as a result relaxes the muscle.
Is dry needling safe?
Dry needling is a safe technique when performed by a trained medical provider. Licensed acupuncturists have undergone extensive training, including over 800 hours of supervised clinical practice in the safe and effective use of acupuncture (solid) needles.
Is dry needling painful?
Patients who receive dry needling should not experience severe pain or long-term damage. The treatment should be uncomfortable and can cause the muscles to twitch, which is actually a positive sign. However, if the medical provider is not properly trained, there are complication risks. It is important to choose a qualified and experienced provider for dry needling treatment.
How are acupuncture and dry needling different?
Both dry needling and acupuncture use solid acupuncture needles. Both stimulate muscle trigger points. As anyone can tell, they are pretty much the same procedure with similar risks. However, acupuncture treatment was described in China by a culture 2,000 years ago. Acupuncture also can stimulate other tissue than just muscle trigger points. Whereas, dry needling was described by Dr. Janet Travell in the 1940s.
In summary, dry needling is a safe and effective technique for treating chronic pain in muscles. Dry needling and acupuncture are practically the same procedure derived from different cultures. As a result, acupuncture has more techniques than just muscle stimulation. When performed by a trained medical provider, dry needling can lead to the release of muscle tension and pain relief.
Never done dry needling before but have heard great things about it – decided to give it a try and am very happy I did. Dr. VanOtterloo explains everything before, during and after the procedure and my initial apprehensions on “being stuck with pins” were unfounded. Barely felt anything and am enjoying pain relief as well!
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