What Is Dry Needling and How Exactly Does it Work?
Dry needling is a fast and effective form of soft tissue treatment that is based on western medical principles. While it uses similar needles to acupuncture, the two processes are actually quite different.
Dry needling targets trigger points in your muscles to remove pain, improve mobility, and increase your wellbeing overall. At the beginning of a session, our specialist doctors will determine the location of any trigger points and recommend if dry needling is right for you.
If dry needling is right for you, the process begins by gently inserting one needle into each trigger point. We carefully manipulate the needle and remove it from the muscle a few minutes later. This may be repeated several times and used in conjunction with other chiropractic care to promote recovery, relaxation and pain relief.
Are There Any Dry Needling Dangers, Side Effects or Pain to Consider?
Dry needling is considered by most people to be quite a relaxing process. The needles used are incredibly thin, 100% sterile, and typically painless upon insertion. When a needle is manipulated inside a trigger point muscle, you may experience a slight ache or twitch, but this is simply a sign that the process is working. Dry needle therapy very rarely involves any bleeding or bruising, and patients will be able to return to their daily activities after a session.
In terms of dry needling dangers and side effects, there has been substantial evidence-based research to support the safety and effectiveness of dry needle therapy. The friendly doctors at Northbridge Chiropractic are highly trained in dry needling and are happy to walk you through the process.
Dry Needling vs Acupuncture – What’s the Difference?
Dry needling takes advantage of neural pathways and chemical releases to increase circulation, release endorphins, relieve pain, improve mobility and enhance muscle healing. The process directly targets the trigger points in your muscles as identified by our chiropractors, and the process is based on current medical science.
Acupuncture is more concerned with energy flow around your body and is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. Rather than targeting trigger points, the needles are inserted at set points around the body, better known as meridian points.