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Dry Needling Therapy
At Woodland Chiropractic and Wellness in Lenexa, KS
What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is a therapy technique used to help treat different musculoskeletal conditions and trigger points. A small, thin needle is inserted into various muscle points to help stimulate the muscle and nervous fibers around the area. Think of it almost like a 'micro' injury to the area, which helps tell the brain to 'heal' the area.
Is it the same as Acupuncuture?
Not exactly. Acupuncture uses similar needles to help stimulate different Meridan points around the body to help stimulate energy flows. Dry needling is more focused on muscle stimulation, and often the needles are inserted deeper into the body.
What does it feel like?
It sounds a lot scarier than it is! The needle is much thinner than the type of needle you would use to give blood. Your doctor will feel around the area for trigger points, and use the thin monofilament needle to poke the muscle. It is a very quick insertion, and most of the time you don't feel a thing! If anything, you may feel a tiny pinch followed by a dull ache. Often times, you can get a quick muscle twitch, which is a good thing! This means we stimulated the muscle to the full potential.
What areas can you dry needle?
You can dry needle just about anywhere in the body! Some common areas include: shoulder pain, upper back and neck tightness, glute and piriformis pain, and spinal pain. But we can also dry needle achilles pain, jaw pain, muscles for headaches, and forearm and calf pain! We do not dry needle young children, pregnant women, people on certain medications or with certain health histories.
So.. how does it work?
By inserting the needle into the muscle, we are facilitating different reactions. We are 1) signaling to the brain to start sending healing signals down to the area, and 2) helping improve local circulation and reaction. We don't typically use it as a solo treatment, and often times co-treat the area with adjustments, rehabilitation movement, and other therapies.
We know the idea can sound scary, but it doesn't have to be! Contact us to us to see if this therapy would be right for you!
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