What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling looks a lot like acupuncture, but it serves a different purpose. Acupuncture is a method used to open a person’s energy flow or chi to promote healing and can treat a range of symptoms from nausea to knee pain. Dry needling, which is growing in popularity, is utilized to ease muscular pain. During dry needling, a practitioner or physical therapist will insert several thin, stainless steel needles into “trigger points” in your muscle or tissue. This method is called dry needling because the needles do not inject any fluid into the body.

Why Dry Needling?

Dry needling helps release knots in your muscles and can also help relieve muscle spasms. In addition to providing pain relief, dry needling can improve flexibility and increase your range of motion. Dry needling is often used to treat sports injuries, muscle pain, and can even reduce pain from fibromyalgia. Studies have shown that dry needling is more effective than stretching to relieve muscle pain and stiffness.

Are There Side Effects to Dry Needling?

Serious side effects to dry needling are rare. Mild side effects are more common and can include soreness, bruising, and some light bleeding. You could also experience fatigue after treatment.

If you are experiencing any muscle pain and want to explore your treatment options, our physical therapists at Front Range Orthopedics & Spine would be more than happy to discuss dry needling with you. Schedule an appointment by calling 303.772.1600 or by filling out our new patient request form.

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