Experiencing ongoing pain can affect your focus, energy, movement, and other abilities. At Revive Chiropractic Healing Center in West Loop, Chicago, chiropractor Callista Lay, DC and her team offer dry needling as a solution for chronic myofascial pain. Book your consultation by phone or online today to learn more about dry needling for joint problems, tendon injuries, headaches, and more.
Dry needling is a type of therapy to treat myofascial pain. Myofascial pain is muscle pain that occurs in various areas of your body called trigger points and is often chronic or long-lasting. It can affect your work productivity, relationships, and other aspects of your life.
During a dry needling procedure at Revive Chiropractic Healing Center, your provider applies slender needles to your skin and into the painful trigger points in your muscles. The treatment doesn’t involve any medications: The needles alone stimulate the tissue.
The needles in dry needling work by decreasing muscle tightness and increasing blood flow. This can significantly reduce your pain and restore function in muscles that were too painful or tight to move freely.
Contrary to what you might initially think, dry needling is only minimally uncomfortable. As your provider inserts the needle into your muscle, you might feel some slight soreness. You might also feel your muscle twitch, which is usually a sign that the needle has entered in the right place.
The sensations you feel during dry needling also depend on how long the needle stays in place. Depending on the type and severity of pain you’d like to treat with dry needling, the needle might stay in place anywhere from a few seconds to 10-15 minutes. Your provider can tell you exactly what to expect for your treatment after your consultation.
Revive Chiropractic Healing Center typically recommends dry needling alongside other treatments and therapies like chiropractic care or physical therapy. There are many specific types and regions of pain that dry needling can effectively treat, including:
Dry needling is unique because it involves no pharmaceutical medications, injections, or lengthy procedures with extensive recovery times. In fact, successful dry needling treatments may reduce your chances of needing surgery to treat your injury or condition.
Though dry needling is safe for most people, you should still attend a consultation at Revive Chiropractic Healing Center to ensure that it’s a good fit for you. Dry needling might not be your best option if you’re afraid of needles or if you’re currently pregnant.
If dry needling doesn’t appeal to you or if you aren’t a candidate for any reason, the team can help you explore other treatments available for pain at Revive Chiropractic Healing Center.
To find out more about how dry needling works to treat myofascial pain, call Revive Chiropractic Healing Center, or book an appointment online today.