Dry Needling is a technique used to treat myofascial pain, trigger point pain, tight muscles and muscle spasms.
A "dry" needle is used, meaning there is no medication injected (the needle itself is similar to the gague of an acupuncture needle).
The needle is inserted into the skin and into the areas of the muscle known as the "trigger point."
The goal is to reduce muscle spasms, relieve pain and headaches. In addition, dry needling can help athletes speed up recovery after sports related injuries.
If you have...
...THEN DRY NEEDLING CAN HELP!
Does Dry Needling Hurt?
You may or may not feel the insertion of the needle. The specific needle manioulation is inteded to produce local twitch response that can elicit a very brief (less than a second) uncomfortable response. Some patients describe an ache or cramping sensation. This twitch response is the desirable reaction during therapy.
What Can I do to Prepare for my Therapy?
Eat a light meal 1-2 hours prior to your visit and wear loose, comfortable clothing that can be rolled up or down to access your areas of concern with more ease. Be sure to stay hydrated throughout the day, as well.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
You can expect improvements, even after the first treatment. This includes increased range of motion, ease of movement and a decrease of signs / symptoms. Many patients report feeling sore after treatment, which lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Occasionally there may be bruising, but these symptoms can be easily alleviated with ice or heat to the area. In addition, our team can provide specific stretches or topical treatments to help with any soreness or discomfort.
In the image above, this is showing referred pain patterns:
Dry Needling has been remarkable at decreasing / eliminating these pain patterns.
Because dry needling is a quick and effective treatment that decreases the "Trigger Point" that is causing the pain pattern.
To see if dry needling is a treatment option for you, contact Dr. J. Alvarez BS, DC, FDN, CPT at 303-521-0130 for a consultation.
Check out this video on how Dry Needling Works: