Dry needling sessions may also include: cupping, IASTM, kinesio taping, or soft tissue massage.
Please allow 90 minutes for your initial assessment and treatment and 60 minutes for follow-up treatments. For more on what to expect, click here.
Dry needling is a modern component of acupuncture that is used clinically to assist in pain relief. A sterile acupuncture needle is inserted into tight and often painful knots in muscles called trigger points, with the goal of helping relieve pain. Our Practitioners offer the two most popular styles of dry needling.
Trigger points are knots that develop in tight bands of muscle. They can causes local or referred pain sensations and limit mobility and range of motion. Trigger points develop where there is a large trauma and/or a small or repetitive-use injury or trauma. These traumas can cause an excessive release of calcium in the muscle which in turn can cause the muscle to shorten. When the damage to the muscle goes untreated, the excessive shortening begins to cut off oxygen supply to the area, adversely affecting the muscle cell’s ability to produce ATP (biochemical energy). Without ATP the muscle cannot relax. Increased amounts of muscle activating neurotransmitter can also be released at this time resulting in the knotted, tight muscle fibers associated with trigger points.
Treatment begins with identifying affected and injured muscles (via orthopedic assessment) recognizing muscle trigger point referral patterns and muscle palpation. The evidence supports trigger point dry needling as an effective form of therapy for pain associated with myofascial pain syndrome, due to trigger points.
The premise of radiculopathy dry needling is that tender points and trigger points in the body are a result of spinal nerve dysfunction and many times are not a result of a problem at the local muscle or joint level.
Treatment is targeted at two areas: the affected spinal nerve level which lies adjacent to the spine, and the muscle motor point, the area where the muscle is innervated by the nerve. This style of dry needling is used to help restore communication between the nervous system and the affected/injured muscles. The treatment goal is to assist in relieving pain and improving mobility.
The style of dry needling most suited for you will be determined by you and your Practitioner after your orthopedic and health assessment. Additional therapies of cupping, IASTM, myofascial release, and/or kinesiology taping may be incorporated into your treatment as required.