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What is Dry Needling? 

Dry needling is a specialized technique used by trained healthcare professionals to treat muscle pain and dysfunction. By inserting thin needles into specific trigger points within muscles, dry needling aims to alleviate pain, improve range of motion, and promote healing. This technique is distinct from acupuncture, as it focuses primarily on targeting muscular trigger points rather than traditional Chinese medicine meridians.

Is Dry Needling Right For You? 

Dry needling can be beneficial for individuals experiencing a range of musculoskeletal issues, including: 
• Chronic muscle pain 
• Tension headaches 
• Sports injuries (such as tennis elbow, runner's knee, golfer's elbow, rotator cuff injuries) 
• Fibromyalgia 
• Myofascial pain syndrome 
• Repetitive strain injuries
•Joint pain related to muscle tightness 
• Neck and back pain 
• Plantar fasciitis 
• Sciatica 
• Carpal tunnel syndrome 
• Jaw pain/TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction) 

What Can You Expect From Your Dry Needling Session? 

Before your session, you'll have an initial assessment with a chiropractor to discuss your medical history, current symptoms, and treatment goals. This assessment allows your chiropractor to tailor the dry needling session to your specific needs. It's important to note that dry needling is often incorporated as part of a functional approach to your treatment. This approach emphasizes utilizing various rehabilitation systems to enhance your ability to move well and address underlying issues.

During the session itself, sterile, single-use needles will be gently inserted into specific trigger points identified by your practitioner. You may feel a slight prick or twitch sensation as the needles are inserted, but the procedure is generally well tolerated. Once the needles are in place, your practitioner may utilize EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) by applying it to the needles, inducing muscle twitching. This stimulation aids in releasing tension and enhancing blood flow to the affected area. Sessions typically range from 20 to 40 minutes, varying based on the number of trigger points addressed and the complexity of your condition. 

What sets our approach apart is the integration of exercise and movement therapy into your treatment plan. After the needling and manual therapy, you'll spend time in our fitness facility engaging in exercises, stretches, and movements tailored to reinforce the changes made during your session. This comprehensive approach aims to not only alleviate immediate discomfort but also improve long-term function and mobility. 

Aftercare and Follow-Up 

Following your session, you may experience temporary soreness or mild bruising at the needle insertion sites. It's essential to stay hydrated and avoid strenuous activity for the remainder of the day to allow your muscles to recover fully. Your practitioner may also recommend specific stretches or exercises to complement the effects of dry needling and promote long-term relief.  Depending on your individual needs, you may require multiple dry needling sessions to achieve optimal results. Your healthcare provider will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your goals and preferences.     

Dry needling offers a promising avenue for individuals grappling with musculoskeletal pain and seeking to enhance their overall function. By targeting specific trigger points and addressing underlying issues, this technique can provide relief from chronic muscle tension and discomfort associated with various conditions. If you find yourself struggling with persistent pain or restricted mobility, consulting with a qualified healthcare provider to explore the potential benefits of dry needling may be the next step toward reclaiming your quality of life.
Don't let pain hold you back from living life to the fullest. Take the first step towards pain relief and improved function by booking your initial assessment with a chiropractor to get started with dry needling today. Together, we can work towards restoring your comfort, mobility, and overall well-being. Your journey to a pain-free life starts here!

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