At 360º Chiropractic, our family chiropractor has years of experience treating pain from sports injuries, auto accident injuries, injuries on the job, and more with dry needling. When you first visit our office, our chiropractor will assess your musculoskeletal system to determine how exactly you will benefit from dry needling.
Dry Needling Explained
Both dry needling and acupuncture involve the placement of a "dry" needle into your skin. By "dry," we mean nothing is injected. But that's about all the two treatment techniques have in common.
Acupuncture is an ancient East Asian method for altering flows of mysterious energy called Qi through channels in your body called Luo. Acupuncture gets results, but it is not based on a scientific system. It fits alongside herbal therapies and Tui Na massage. While often effective, the effects are not as well-understood as they are in the case of dry needling.
On the other hand, dry needling is backed up by over 624 published scientific studies. It's not just our family chiropractor who uses this technique – it is also a tool of mainstream medicine. Dry needling has been endorsed by the American Academy of Family Physicians and by the Council of Chiropractic Acupuncture as a treatment for muscle pain.
Dry Needling Promotes Healing
Dry needling stops unnecessary inflammation, enabling muscles to replace damaged tissue with newer, healthy tissue. Reducing unnecessary inflammation also prevents swollen muscles from tugging on the spine, pulling it out of alignment. Reducing unnecessary inflammation is especially helpful in treating neck pain since the muscles in your neck are attached directly to the vertebrae of your spine. The combination of spinal manipulation and dry needling relieves pain, improves range of motion, and enhances the body’s natural healing process.
Does Dry Needling Hurt?
If you go to a traditional, Chinese-trained acupuncturist, sometimes your therapy involves driving large needles into your skin. Dry needling isn't like that. Dry needling involves fine needles for one-time use that are not placed in strange places away from the area where you are experiencing pain. Dry needling doesn't need to cause pain to stop pain.
Family Chiropractor in Crestwood, KY
Dry needling is a natural and effective manner of addressing musculoskeletal pain. For more information about dry needling and how it compliments chiropractic care or to schedule an appointment, call us at (502) 241-8939.