Why try dry needling in Arlington TN?

How does dry needling work?

The exact mechanisms of dry needling are not known. There are both mechanical and biochemical effects. Studies have shown that inserting a needle into trigger points can result in positive biochemical changes, which assist in reducing pain. It is essential to elicit so-called local twitch responses, which are spinal cord reflexes. Getting local twitch responses with dry needling is the first step in breaking the pain cycle.

What type of problems can be treated?

  • Chronic pain
  • Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Knee and Shoulder pain
  • Rotator Cuff Impingement
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Muscle Tendonitis
  • Headaches
  • TMJ
  • Neck pain
  • Muscle Strains
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Carpal tunnel

Is the procedure painful?

Most clients do not feel the insertion of the needle. The local twitch response elicits a very brief (less than a second) painful response. Some clients describe this as a little electrical shock; others feel it more like a cramping sensation. Again, the therapeutic response occurs with the elicitation of local twitch responses and that is a good and desirable reaction.

What side effects can I expect after the treatment?

Most clients report being sore after the procedure. The soreness is described as muscle soreness over the area treated and into the areas of referred symptoms. Typically, the soreness lasts between a few hours and two days.

How long does it take for the procedure to work?

Typically, it takes a few visits for a positive reaction to take place. Again, we are trying to cause mechanical and biochemical changes without any pharmacological means. Therefore, we are looking for a cumulative response to achieve a certain threshold after which the pain cycle is disturbed.

Where does dry needling fit in the entire rehabilitation program?

Generally speaking, dry needling is a great modality for pain management while in the process of restoring function. More frequently, dry needling is needed in the beginning in order to break the pain cycle. Once that is achieved, other manual treatment techniques, and strengthening activities are used to maximize each client’s full rehabilitation potential.

How often do I need to come back to maintain my progress?

The musculoskeletal system is under constant pressure from gravity, stress, work, etc. A regular exercise program combined with good posture can prevent many problems. If the pain comes back, “tune-ups” are recommended to treat and prevent serious injuries.

Reproduced with permission from Myopain Seminars

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