You may have heard about dry needling and are wondering if it can help with your muscle pain. If so, you aren’t alone. Many have turned to this modern technique for fast relief from persistent muscle pain and stiffness.
At the Center for Sports and Regenerative Orthopedics, our practitioners are trained in treating and healing pain. We’re here to help you find the relief you so deserve. One way we do that is through dry needling therapy.
Dry needling uses fine needles to treat chronic muscle pain, knots, and tender muscles. It targets the tight, sensitive bands of muscle called myofascial trigger points. These trigger points limit your range of motion and can even cause discomfort in other parts of your body.
Given the use of needles, you might be wondering how it’s different from acupuncture. From the outside, they do look similar. Both therapies:
That’s where the similarities end. Acupuncture works more with the body’s energy. Dry needling stimulates irritable muscles so they can relax. It does this by prompting a small spasm in the muscle that releases the tight muscle bands and causes them to loosen.
Patients who receive dry needling therapy report…
Dry needling can help bring much-needed relief from muscular and skeletal pain found in the:
It can also alleviate discomfort caused by certain health conditions, such as:
How soon can you feel the results from dry needling? You can expect to improve in as little as one to two days following your session. Some of our patients even report feeling immediate relief.
Depending on how deep your pain is, we may recommend either a single session or multiple ones.
Here’s what you can expect during a dry needling session at our Waldorf, MD, clinic:
As the needles are placed, some patients may feel different sensations. This can include soreness, aching, or muscle twitching. This is a good sign. It indicates the needles are placed in the triggered zone and can start working to release the muscles.
After your session, you might notice muscle soreness or muscle fatigue. These are temporary symptoms and will go away quickly on their own.
Having persistent pain or stiffness is no way to live. It can limit your range of motion and keep you from living the life you desire. Dry needling may help provide you with the relief you need.