What is Dry Needling?
With roughly 45 miles of nerves and 700 skeletal muscles in the human body, it really is plausible that allowing a practitioner to use his/her knowledge of anatomy, needle insertion, and clinical experience, can lead to decreased pain in the neuromuscular system.
Dry needling is a technique used by many healthcare professionals that consists of inserting thin needles into skin, fascia, muscle, tendons, and joint regions for beneficial therapeutic outcomes such as decreased pain, increased range of motion, decreased spasticity, reducing headaches, reducing neuromuscular pain syndromes, and improving overall daily function. The term dry needling specifically refers to thin needle insertion without the injection of any medications or analgesics.
The Multi Provider Directory:
If you've heard about dry needling and have been curious to try it, check our directory to find a provider near you. This is a multi-provider listing in which you have access to physical therapists (PT), chiropractors (DC), acupuncturists (LAc), athletic trainers (AT), occupational therapists (OT), massage therapists (MT), doctors of osteopathy (DO), medical doctors (MD). Keep in mind that not all types of providers can legally practice dry needling in all areas. This is dependent on professional practice acts and geographical legal statuses.
Is dry needling okay for anyone? Your dry needling provider will review any safety issues and any reasons to try or not try dry needling.
Common indications for dry needling or sports acupuncture:
Low Back Pain
IT Band Syndrome
Shoulder Pain/Rotator Cuff
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Bulging Disc/Disc Degeneration
Facet Joint Irritation
"Physical activity is the closest thing we have to a wonder drug." - Former Director of the US Centers for Disease Control, Thomas Frieden
Medical options for pain relief include NSAID's, steroid injections, facet joint injections, Botox injections for migraines, stem cell injections, Prolotherapy, PRP injections, opioid (narcotic) medications, radiofrequency neurotomy (burning nerves), and quite possibly surgery (i.e. spinal fusion). All of these options come with hope and potential drawbacks in the form of high cost, possible ineffectiveness, possible addictive nature, and the possibility of doing more harm than good. When considering any of the above options for pain relief we recommend finding a dry needling or medical acupuncture provider as part of your care plan because many pain syndromes are the result of neuromuscular irritation which often can be minimized with the use of dry needling or medical acupuncture.
"When you have found your dry needler, you have found your riches."
headaches, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, jaw pain, back pain, joint pain
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