You know that chiropractic medicine helps musculoskeletal pain and corrects function and range of motion. Most people know that doctors of chiropractic, such as Dr. Patrick Haydel, conduct examinations, correct subluxations (misalignments of the spine) and improve nerve conductivity. But did you know that some practitioners (Dr. Haydel included) offer innovative relief of musculoskeletal pain through dry needling in Houma? Learn the details on this innovative chiropractic service.
What is dry needling?
While different from acupuncture, dry needling is a physical therapy and chiropractic technique which utilizes ultra-thin filament needles just as acupuncture does. Your back doctor at Haydel Chiropractic inserts these needles through the skin, fascia and musculature of large areas of the body, including the back, which suffer from intense, widespread muscle pain.
As with other chiropractic services, dry needling helps the body heal itself, as muscular tension is relieved and nerve function and circulation are improved. If you qualify for this procedure, Dr. Haydel will formulate a care plan outlining the specifics of your treatments and what your expected outcomes may be.
What does dry needling help?
Patients who undergo dry needling at Haydel Chiropractic in Houma often suffer from:
- Athletic injuries
- Fibromyalgia, a painful inflammatory condition which leads to depression and fatigue
- Injuries, such as whiplash, related to car accidents
- Decreased range of motion in various joints
- Limited mobility because of arthritic changes
- Problems with microcirculation
- Migraine headaches
- Post-shingles infection pain
- Chronic stress
- Painful trigger points
Trigger points, or muscular knots, cause patients considerable pain after a traumatic injury. The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy says that dry needling is becoming more and more popular as it releases these trigger points, relieving pressure on the nervous system and reducing pain and inflammation without drug therapies.
While dry needing can be used alone, it is most often a complementary therapy--that is, chiropractors use it in conjunction with treatments such as massage therapy, ice and heat application and therapeutic exercises.
Find out more
If you have tried various medical treatments to relieve the conditions listed above, but to no avail, a full chiropractic examination may be your answer. When you come to see Dr. Haydel, ask him about the benefits of dry needling and if it could work for you. For a personal consultation, call his office at (985) 872-1133.