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What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling

Dry needling is the use of a fine filiform needle to assist with improving a patient’s functional ability and ease pain and inflammation and promote healing.

How is it done?
A needle is inserted into a trigger point (a taut band in a muscle which is actually a localized contracture: sustained contraction). A trigger point can be tender to touch and has been known to cause referred pain. For example: a muscle in the back of the shoulder can refer pain to the front of the shoulder and down to the outside of the lower arm and into the hand. Treating this muscle can decrease local pain, referred pain, and improve muscle contraction leading to improved range of motion and function.

What should I expect?
When the needle enters a trigger point one may feel slight pain as the taut band is worked. Also, a spasm of the muscle is expected and is a sign of effective treatment. Dr. Davis will then move onto the next trigger point. Expect soreness in the area of the needling for 24-48 hours. There my also be some redness and possibly slight bruising. Contraindications (reasons to not perform dry needling): 1st trimester pregnancy, implants in area of needling (breast, calf, etc…)

How many times will I need to have treatment?
Every case is different, but Dr. Davis will most likely request 2 treatments per week for a period of 2-4 weeks. Your regular chiropractic visit can be done at the same time if you are in active chiropractic care. Your first dry needling visit will be an exam and consultation followed by a shortened needling session to determine your tolerance of the procedure. At that time, Dr. Davis will discuss his recommended treatment plan with you and you will be scheduled for upcoming appointments.

Please call our office for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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