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Dry Needling

The insertion of similar needles into “trigger points” for the assessment and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes and dysfunction in order to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions within the muscle. The goal of Dry Needling is to achieve a local twitch response (LTR) when the needle is inserted into the trigger point. The LTR is an involuntary spinal cord reflex, which when elicited can “reset” the muscle fibers in the taut band causing the release of muscle tension & pain. Trigger points commonly form following prolonged poor posture, injuries, degenerative processes, stress & overuse.

What to expect from treatment

Shoulder needles

Dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions within the muscle

Most patients report being sore after the procedure. The soreness is described as muscle soreness over the area treated and into the areas of referred symptoms. Typically, the soreness lasts between a few hours and two days. Recommendations vary depending on the amount of soreness you have and on the individual response to treatment, but may include applying heat or ice over the area, gentle stretches and modifications of activities. We also recommend drinking a lot of fluids/water to prevent any excessive amounts of soreness.

Are there any side effects?

Usually not. As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to take place. Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work. It is quite common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These pass within a short time, and never require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome.