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Dry Needling Therapy and Acupuncture

Dry needling therapy is a chiropractic technique in which acupuncture needles are inserted into a trigger point, muscle knot, or tendinopathy.  The intention is to decrease the tone and tension of the muscle, or promote scar tissue remodeling in a tendon or soft tissue.  On a scientific level dry needle therapy increases blood flow and stimulates a blood cell called a fibroblast.  This increases the rate and efficiency of your body’s natural healing mechanisms. Often when this technique is performed, it results in a muscle twitch followed by a reflexive relaxation of the muscle.

What kind of injuries is dry needling used for?

Dry needling acupuncture can be part of the treatment plan for any condition involving muscles or other soft tissues. It is especially useful in chronic conditions like neck pain, headaches, plantar fasciitis (fasciosis), patellar tendonitis (tendinosis), hamstring tendinitis (tendinopathy), tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), hip pain, and low back pain. The physicians at PSSC will utilize dry needling therapy both at the site of pain and in associated body areas.  This will treat both the problem and any muscle compensation issues that can result from or cause musculoskeletal injuries.

Is Dry Needling the Same as Acupuncture?

This question is best answered by saying “yes and no.” Dry needling utilizes the same tools as acupuncture but usually with a different goal in mind. Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine in the world and has been shown to be very effective.  Acupuncture primarily focuses on affecting energy channels in the human body.  Dry needling therapy is more focused on musculoskeletal problems. That being said, the chiropractic sports physicians at PSSC are board certified in dry needling and acupuncture. This allows the providers to take approaches from both disciplines and design a unique treatment protocol for each patient’s needs.

Why Dry Needling at PSSC vs a physical therapist?

Physical therapists are able to perform dry needling as a therapy with minimal training and experience. In Minnesota, chiropractors are required to become certified in acupuncture before utilizing dry needling therapy for chiropractic care. This involves 100’s of hours of clinical training and the providers are required to pass a national board exam.

Does dry needling hurt?

Patient reaction to dry needling therapy varies widely. Most patients experience a mild cramping sensation that can be uncomfortable during the procedure and some patients will have some discomfort for up to two days afterward. This varies depending on the patient’s condition and the areas that are needled.

If you have questions about dry needling, want to discuss treatment with a PSSC physician, or if you want to set up an appointment for dry needling therapy, please contact us on our website or call 952-479-0043.