What Is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is a treatment technique often used by chiropractors and physical therapists to eliminate trigger points with muscles and other soft tissues. It requires using a sterile single use needle that is inserted into the trigger point, causing an immediate “release” of the trigger point. This reduces pain, muscle tension and increases mobility.
What Are Trigger Points?
Trigger points are small knots within muscles that are often tense or sore to touch. They increase pain, limit motion, and decrease field performance. If left untreated, trigger points can get worse over time.
What Conditions Can Dry Needling Help?
Evidence based research has shown Dry Needling to be effective with different types of pain, increasing range of motion, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), and tension-type headaches, to name a few.
Is Dry Needling Painful?
For most people, there is little to no discomfort with the insertion of the needle. However, once the needle hits the trigger point, you may experience a “twitch response”, which often feels like a quick muscle cramp. Following the technique, muscle soreness can be felt up to 24-48 hours. The application of heat and drinking plenty of fluids usually reduces the soreness.
Is It Acupuncture?
Dry Needling is not Acupuncture. Acupuncture and Dry Needling both use a sterile acupuncture needle in treatment, however, the methodologies, techniques, and education are very different.
Doctor Jeannine Rummel is trained and certified to perform Dry Needling in Myrtle Beach, SC. She received training from Dr. David Fishkin of the Dry Needling Institute LLC in Rockville, Maryland.
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