What Is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a technique used for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal pain, spasms, and inflammation. During the treatment fine needles are inserted into the skin and muscle, which creates tiny lesions in the soft tissue (skin, muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments) and helps inflammation, contractions, trophic changes, adhesions, scarring, blockage or micro circulation and biomechanical imbalance. Dry needling stimulates self-healing, thereby shortening the course of pain.
Dry needling can be a useful complementary treatment at Haydel Chiropractic, although this modality is usually one part of the patient’s treatment plan. The combination of spinal manipulation, exercises and dry needling are typically utilized to restore normal function of the neuromusculoskeletal system.
Indications for Dry Needling
- Neuromuscular skeletal pain
- Myofascial trigger points
- Decreased range of motion due to contracted muscle fibers or taut bands, or soft tissue restrictions caused by scar tissue or fascial adhesions
- Repetitive stress syndrome
- Post-herpetic neuralgia (Shingles)
- Headaches: migraine and tension
- Complex reginal pain syndrome
- Many organic conditions will improve with dry needling, but the results are not predictable and therefore should not be the primary reason for treatment with dry needling