Heal Your Body with Dry Needling Therapy
Do you suffer from muscle or other tissue pain and soreness? Forget about these unpleasant sensations with trigger point dry needling therapy! Our experienced chiropractors, Dr. Chris and Dr. Sara, are qualified to offer you the best trigger point dry needling therapy in Wichita, Kansas. Contact us to effectively release myofascial pain with dry needling therapy over a couple of sessions!
What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a hands-on stimulation technique, which uses a small filament needle to release and deactivate myofascial trigger points. Dry needling therapy promotes decreased pain, improved muscle efficiency and better motion range. Dry needling therapy is often mistakenly perceived as acupuncture. Instead, dry needling is a safe method for addressing trigger point issues.
What’s a Trigger Point
A myofascial trigger point is a tense band of muscle that is tender with palpation. These taut muscle bands cause localized and referred pain, restricted mobility, and weakness of the affected muscle. If not addressed, trigger points start to suffer from insufficient blood flow and bad oxygen saturation. This causes an increase in acidity and concentration of inflammatory substances within a muscle and leads to the risk of inflammation. Dry needling therapy can effectively lower the amount of these inflammatory substances. It has been shown that several inflammatory substances decrease 5-10 minutes following dry needling treatment.
Dry Needling Therapy Vs Acupuncture
Dry needling and acupuncture seem to be birds of a feather. In fact, they’re quite different. Dry needling therapy is based on Western medicine and research, whereas acupuncture adheres to the Traditional Chinese Medicine principles. The two use the same solid filament needles (sterile and disposable), but dry needling protocol and treatment are different from acupuncture. Doctors at ICT Chiropractic and Acupuncture clinic are trained and certified to perform all sorts of dry needling procedures. They have years of practice behind their backs, offering you customized treatment and care for your aches and pains.
What Conditions Can Dry Needling Assist?
Trigger point dry needling can be used for a wide range of musculo-skeletal issues, including shoulder, back, hip, neck and heel pain. Research indicates that dry needling therapy is mostly safe and can be used to treat the following conditions and symptoms:
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Tennis/Golfers Elbow
- Low Back Pain
- Hip and Gluteal Pain
- Knee Pain
- Achilles Tendonitis/Tendonosis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Muscular Strains/Ligament Sprains
- Chronic Pain
- Athletic Performance
Does Dry Needling hurt?
In general, dry needling is not painful. You may or may not feel needle insertion. As needle manipulation is meant to produce a twitch response within a trigger point, you may feel a very brief (less than a second) painful response. Some experience it as a cramping sensation or short and deep ache. This response is therapeutic. It’s an indicator that dry needling therapy is effective.
What can I do to prepare for my therapy?
A light meal is advised 1 – 2 hours before you visit the clinic. It’s also important that you wear some loose and comfy clothing that allows accessing the areas of your concern with ease.
When Dry Needling Is Not For Me?
There are certain cases when trigger point dry needling therapy is not recommended. You may consider alternatives to it if:
- You’re a pregnant woman;
- You’re afraid of needles;
- You’re taking blood thinners;
- You’re recovering from a recent surgery.
If you’re not sure whether dry needling therapy is safe in your case, consult your doctor first for approval.
What can I expect after treatment?
If you receive trigger point dry needling treatment, you start seeing the improvements even from the first session. After the first dry needling session, you’ll soon enjoy an increased range of motion and decreased pain/symptoms.
Many patients who receive dry needling therapy report being sore after the treatment. You may feel soreness in the treated area or the area of referred symptoms. This soreness lasts between a couple of hours to 2 days, with a little occasional bruising possible. To alleviate soreness, apply ice or heat to the area and perform the stretches for the treated muscle.
How Can I Get The Most Of Therapy?
Dry needling therapy helps you increase the range of motion, which was limited because of muscle tightness or scar tissue presence. The goal of this therapy is to reduce pain, deactivate trigger points and restore proper body function. Trigger point dry needling therapy is often a part of a broader physical therapy approach, which includes some exercise, manual therapy, heat-and-ice therapy and education.
Our experienced acupuncture professionals at ICT Chiropractic and Acupuncture clinic are certified in performing dry needling procedures and offer you the full spectrum of related care. This allows you to get the most of the dry needling therapy you receive, reinforcing the effect with the right exercise, massage and nutrition. Contact our clinic today to book a consultation with the best dry needling practitioners in Wichita!