Dry Needling and
Acupuncture Therapy

Chiropractic treatment options for pain relief
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Pinpoint and relieve your pain

Acupuncture has been in practice for centuries to relieve pain and discomfort by opening up a person's energy flow. Dry needling is a similar practice designed to stimulate muscular trigger points to bring pain relief. One originated in the East and the other in the West, but both stimulate the body using thin needles in order to treat pain.
Acupuncture and dry needling are both drug-free alternatives to pain management that are especially helpful to those facing chronic conditions.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a technique of traditional Chinese medicine where thin needles are inserted into the skin at specific points on the body. The American College of Physicians recommends acupuncture, just like chiropractic care, as a preferred non-drug treatment option to relieve back pain.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, research suggests that acupuncture is effective for certain conditions like back and neck pain, headaches, and arthritis (Source).

What is dry needling?

Also called trigger point dry needling, this technique inserts "dry" needles, filiform needles without medication or injection, through the skin into specific muscle areas. The procedure targets trigger points, or knotted, tense areas of muscle that cause pain.

Pain affects the way we move our bodies, so dry needling relieves pain stemming from certain areas and improves range of motion. It reduces tension, allowing less pain during rehabilitative exercises and reducing recovery time.
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How needle treatments work

Chiropractors utilize acupuncture or dry needling to complement a number of treatment methods, including spinal manipulation. Usually, you will receive a physical exam from your doctor of chiropractic and then a joint manipulation, if necessary. Your chiropractor may then select other integrative medicines for further treatment.

With dry needling, the needles may be placed deeply or superficially for shorter or longer periods of time. Needles could be placed into the muscle for a few seconds or for 10 to 15 minutes.

Acupuncture points are situated in all areas of the body, sometimes far removed from the area of your pain. Between 5 and 20 needles are inserted at various depths in strategic places on your body. Sometimes, your chiropractor may gently move the needle or use electrotherapy pulses.

Usually, acupuncture needles are left in place for 10 to 20 minutes. Some people feel relaxed after acupuncture and others feel energized.
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Does dry needling hurt?

You may experience different sensations when being needled during treatment. Muscle soreness, aching, and muscle twitching when a needle is inserted is usually considered a good sign.

Acupuncture needles are usually not felt while being inserted, but you may experience a mild ache when the needle reaches the right depth. Some acupuncturists manipulate the needles or use them for electrical stimulation.

Acupuncture and dry needling are generally considered safe when performed by an experienced, well-trained practitioner using sterile needles. Improperly performed needling or incorrect sterilization can cause serious side effects.

  • Minimal pain from needling treatments
  • Always choose a trained and qualified professional

Health care professionals offering acupuncture or dry needle therapy may include acupuncture practitioners, physical therapists, medical doctors, and chiropractors.

Using needles to relieve your pain

Our office uses dry needling or acupuncture techniques as part of our overall chiropractic treatments for conditions like:
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Whiplash
  • And more

Scheduling an adjustment

If you are looking for pain relief and improved wellness, we are ready to see you for a chiropractic adjustment. A doctor of chiropractic will conduct a physical exam and medical history before determining the chiropractic treatment that is right for you.

Many insurances offer coverage for chiropractic care, and we are happy to review your benefits with you. Schedule your consultation today and discover why so many people trust a chiropractor with their body.
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