Dry Needling

What Is Dry Needling?

Dr. Smith and Dr. Zumberger are both certified in Dry Needling, which is another form of needling technique performed at Peak Performance Chiropractic Clinic. It is not acupuncture but uses similar needles. Dry Needling is strictly used for musculoskeletal conditions and it involves inserting a thin, metal acupuncture needle directly into a trigger point or tight and spastic muscle. Needling allows us to break the pain cycle and decrease muscle contraction, reduce chemical irritation, improve range of motion, decrease pain, and improve ease of movement. It’s commonly used to reduce pain by the release of anti-inflammatory chemicals and endorphins, improve muscle function, and reduce swelling and scar tissue formation by increased healing.

Conditions Dry Needling helps:

Dry needling is a highly effective treatment for various muscle and inflammatory conditions and can be used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal complaints. Examples of such conditions include:

  • Upper Back Pain
  • Lower Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Tension Headaches
  • Hip and Gluteal pain
  • Piriformis
  • Sciatica
  • Upper Trapezius muscle tension
  • Achilles tendonitis/tendonosis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Muscular strains/Ligament sprains
  • Chronic pain
  • Pain persisting after back surgeries
  • Post surgery swelling, healing, and scarring

How to Prepare

To prepare for Dry Needling make sure you are wearing clothes that make the area accessible to the doctor. If you have a fear of needles, eat a light snack or meal prior to treatment.

What you can expect:

A Dry Needling session is around 30 minutes long and sometimes can include cupping therapy. Most patients would agree that this treatment is not painful, and they rarely feel the needle. Some patients report feeling the pinch of the needle as it is inserted but after the initial pinch, no pain should be felt. We want to make sure your experience is pleasant and should not be uncomfortable and painful in anyway. Electrical Stimulation may be used in certain circumstances to aid in the benefits of needling. This involves attaching an electrical stimulation unit to the needles to allow for even more muscle relaxation.

Post Treatment Information

Patients sometimes feel sore immediately following treatment, sometimes patients feel immediate relief and improvement of pain and range of motion. Some patients feel soreness the following day. This is both normal and expected. The doctors usually recommend applying heat to the area immediately following treatment for the next 2-3 hours in order to get blood flowing to the area for healing purposes. After 2-3 hours if the patient feels as if they are going to be sore we then recommend applying ice for 15 minutes at a time every 2 hours to prevent soreness. Every patient responds differently to dry needling and some patients feel immediate relief while others need more treatments for the problem to be resolved. Always remember to contact your doctor with any concerns following treatment.