Dry Needling Therapy
Dry Needling is a form of therapy that uses acupuncture needles that are inserted into the patient's skin all the way through to the muscle. This technique is used to release the painful myofascial tender/trigger points in the fascia (the connective tissue that helps support and protects the body's muscles)
The procedure provides relief in the deep muscle tissue by releasing the tension created by tight muscles caused by overuse or injury. This stimulates improvement in pain levels and enhances movement and range of motion. Tender/trigger points can develop within many of the 400 muscles in the body. At Nichols Chiropractic in Manhattan, our sports chiropractic doctors are well-trained, caring, and eager to help eliminate our patients’ pain.
What Types of Pain does Dry Needling Help?
The number of sessions and the amount of time per session depends on two things. The severity of the pain the patient is experiencing will often determine the treatment time. For patients suffering from an extremely high amount of pain, their session may only last a few minutes. For patients experiences less pain, their session may last 30 minutes if needed.
The second thing that is taken into consideration is the patients’ ability to withstand the discomfort of the dry needling process. That is not to say that the needling is extremely painful it just means that some patients have a higher pain tolerance than others and those with a very high level of pain may not be able to complete a 30-minute session. The therapy sessions all depend on the individual patient. Dry needling is used to stimulate the muscle tissue which loosens the muscles and tissues that become stiff and/or knotted causing the pain.
Dry Needle Therapy Helps with the Following Types of Pain:
- Pelvic pain
- Migraine and tension headaches
- Leg & foot cramps
- Mouth and jaw issues such as TMJ
- Back and spine problems such as disc issues
- Phantom pain such a toothache when you have dentures
- Whiplash caused from a car accident or traumatic injury to the neck
- Repetitive use jobs such as typing on a keyboard
- Joint issues
Benefits and Side Effects
The benefits include reduced pain and improved range of motion. Side effects can include bruising, bleeding at the injection site, fainting, fatigue, and soreness. At Nichols Chiropractic in Manhattan, we are here to help you with your pain problems. Call us at (785) 537-2211 to schedule an appointment today!