The easiest way to think of this treatment is to relate it to a massage. The knots in your muscles that massage therapy often targets are similar areas of treatment for Dry Needling. Often times these knots live at a deep level that fingers and hands just can't get to. Those knots are the goal of Dry Needling. The needles used are very fine, thin, and flexible that are quickly tapped into the muscle and causes knots to decrease; muscle to loosen; and healing to begin, which ultimately decreases pain and increases function. Knots in your muscles are known as Trigger Points and are typically associated with muscle tightness and pain. It is very typical for the trigger point's main referral region to be some distance away from the actual trouble spot in the muscle. Headaches are a great example of this. Treating the musculature in the neck and shoulders can quickly decrease the intensity and frequency of headaches.
How Does It Work?
Dry Needling is a treatment for muscular tightness and spasms, which commonly follows injuries and often accompanies the degenerative processes or a chronically painful condition and dysfunction. Muscular tightness and spasms cause compression and irritation of the nerves exiting the spine. When the nerves are irritated, they cause a protective spasm of all the muscles to which they are connected. This may cause peripheral diagnoses such as carpel tunnel, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, decreased mobility and chronic pain. Small, fine needles are inserted in the muscles at the trigger points causing the pain referral. The muscles would then contract and release, improving flexibility of the muscle and decreasing symptoms. Dry Needling treats these trigger points to release them and allow the muscle to heal.
Incorporating this treatment technique with other manual and rehabilitative methods has been shown to be very effective in improving and hastening outcomes.
Treatment Time and Benefits
The response to any treatment varies from individual to individual and depends upon one’s healing ability and level of injury. Some people may only need the minimum number of treatments, while others may need many more. Once you begin treatment, the doctor will analyze how you are responding and then will be able to give you an accurate estimate of what you can expect from further treatment.
Most patients require a series of 3-5 weekly treatments.
This is a unique treatment for a variety of conditions. Benefits include decreased pain for acute and chronic levels of pain. Dry Needling is an intra-muscular manual therapy and performed by inserting monofilament (very small) needles through the skin and into the muscles, tendons, ligaments and myofascial trigger points.
You may feel sore immediately after treatment in the area of the body you were treated, this is normal but does not always occur. It can also take a few hours or the next day before you feel soreness. This may vary depending on the area of the body that was treated, as well as, varies person to person, but typically it feels like you had an intense workout at the gym. Soreness typically lasts 24-48 hours. If soreness continues beyond this, please contact our office. It is recommended that you increase your water intake for the next 24 hours after treatment to help avoid soreness.
It is common to have bruising after treatment; some areas are more likely than others. Some common areas are shoulders, base of neck, head and face, arms and legs. Large bruising rarely occurs but can occur. Use ice to help decrease the bruising and if you feel concern please call our office.
It is common to feel tired, nauseous, emotional, giggly or "loopy", and/or somewhat "out of it" after treatment. This is a normal response that can last up to an hour or two after treatment. If this lasts beyond a day contact our office as a precaution.
There are times when treatment may actually make your typical symptoms worse. This is normal. If this continues past the 24-48 hours be sure to inform the doctor and he will adjust your treatment based on your reaction.
It is recommended that you increase your water intake for the next 24 hours after treatment to help avoid soreness.
These treatments are not covered by insurance due to the fact that most of the products used are natural and not regulated by the FDA, ADA, CDC, etc…. This is for information purposes only and not for diagnosis.
In the state of Idaho, it is currently unlawful for a Chiropractor to prescribe medication, perform medical procedures and/or perform injections in any form, including holistic, nutritional or vitamin therapy.
These treatments/ injections are performed by Kurt Bailey as a Nurse Practitioner.