Dry Needling Therapy and Acupuncture

Dry needling therapy is a highly effective, sports chiropractic technique in which acupuncture needles are inserted into a trigger point, muscle spasm, tendon, or ligament.  The intention is to decrease the tone and tension of the soft tissue and promote scar tissue remodeling.  On a scientific level, dry needling therapy increases blood flow and stimulates a blood cell called a fibroblast, similar to transverse friction massage and Graston Technique.  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.

Dry Needling is especially useful in chronic conditions such as:

Is Dry Needling the same as Acupuncture?

This question is best answered by saying “yes and no.” The Dry needle therapy 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 primarily focuses on affecting energy channels in the human body. Acupuncture has been shown to be very effective in treating physical symptoms through a holistic approach to healing.   Dry needle therapy is more focused on musculoskeletal problems. It utilizes acupuncture needles to stimulate blood flow to an injured area or an area of chronic pain.  The chiropractic sports physicians at Premier Sports and Spine Center are board certified in dry needle 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 Premier Sports and Spine Versus a Physical Therapist?

In the state of Minnesota, physical therapists are allowed to perform dry needling as a therapy without requiring extensive training and experience. Conversely, sports chiropractors are required to become board licensed in acupuncture before being allowed to utilize dry needling therapy for chiropractic care. This involves 100’s of hours of clinical training and passing a national board exam.  Therefore, you can be confident that our doctor’s have been extensively trained in the nuances of dry needling and acupuncture therapy.

Does Dry Needling hurt?

Patient reaction to dry needling therapy varies widely. Many patients experience a mild cramping sensation at the needle site that can be mildly uncomfortable during the procedure.  Other patients have complained of some discomfort for up to two days afterward. This varies depending on the patient’s condition and the areas that are treated.

If you are suffering from a condition that may be benefited by dry needle therapy and want to schedule an appointment at our Eden Prairie or Eagan clinic locations, or to discuss your condition with a sports chiropractic physician, contact us or call 952-479-0043 today.

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