“Dry needling is typically used to treat muscles, ligaments, tendons, subcutaneous fascia, scar tissue, peripheral nerves, and neurovascular bundles for the management of a variety of neuromusculoskeletal pain syndromes” (1). This therapy was applied to reduce patient’s pain and improve blood flow to areas of injuries. Dry needling therapy is not the same as acupuncture.
Although similar needles are used, the intention is completely different. We are NOT certified acupunctures here at Falls Chiropractic and injury. We do work closely with certified excellent acupuncturists. Dry needling therapy is used with the purpose of bringing in the immune system to the area of injuries, inhibiting pain, and relaxing local muscles.
The patient is usually in the laying down position while the doctor places a few needles in the area of injury. The patient is asked to relax with the placed needles for 10 to 15 minutes.
This therapy is painless and quite easy. When more advanced use of needling is needed in different cases, the patient will be referred to a certified acupuncturist for evaluation and therapy.