Dry Needling FAQs
While chiropractic adjustments are an effective way to address pain and other ailments in the body, spinal manipulation can be more effective when combined with other therapies. At La Ruffa Chiropractic & Sports Rehab in Jupiter, FL, we offer several treatments, including dry needling. Read on to find answers to some of the questions we receive about dry needling.
What Is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a technique that involves inserting thin filament needles into the body. These needles target trigger points. When the needles are inserted, it creates a twitch response, which helps ease muscle tension and pain.
What Are Trigger Points?
The term "trigger point" refers to knots in the muscles. Trigger points can interfere with muscle movement and are a frequent source of pain. These knots may develop due to muscle overuse, injury, or issues with spinal alignment.
What Are the Benefits of Dry Needling?
Dry needling is an effective way to address pain and discomfort throughout the body. Some issues it can treat include:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Stiff muscles
- Muscle spasms
Are Dry Needling and Acupuncture the Same?
At first glance, dry needling and acupuncture may seem similar because of the needles they use. However, the two treatments are different in many ways.
Acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, while dry needling is a therapy used in western medicine. Dry needling targets explicitly trigger points in the body, but acupuncture is intended to change how energy flows throughout the body.
Does Dry Needling Hurt?
Even though dry needling involves needles, it isn't a painful treatment for most patients. Since the needles are thin, people don't feel the needles penetrate the skin. However, some people may experience muscle cramping when the needles are inserted, and some report sore muscles immediately after treatment.
Is Dry Needling Safe?
Dry needling is a safe and effective treatment with sterilized disposable needles. It's a non-invasive way to treat pain and is not associated with dangerous side effects.
How Many Treatments Are Needed?
It's common to experience a reduction in pain and muscle stiffness immediately after soreness. However, most patients need two or more sessions for lasting results. Our chiropractor will work with you to create a treatment plan for your needs.
Speak with Our Chiropractor in Jupiter, FL, about Dry Needling
Dry needling is an excellent way to treat pain, especially when combined with chiropractic adjustments and other therapies. If you think you might benefit from this treatment, contact La Ruffa Chiropractic & Sports Rehab! Call our office at (561) 745-1002 to schedule an appointment.