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Dry needling is a relatively new way to treat myofascial pain in the US. Myofascial pain is characterized by “trigger points” that can cause long-term pain and dysfunction, along with referred pain. A small needle is inserted directly into the tissue, which creates a lesion in the tissue. This triggers the body’s natural healing response to send blood, healing chemicals, and nutrients to that specific area.
What Conditions can Dry Needling help?
A one-inch needle cuts through 3,000 muscle fibers, while a 3-inch needle cuts through 100,000 muscle fibers. This helps disrupt tight myofascial layers and restore flexibility and mobility.
Side effects to be expected after the treatment include: muscle soreness of the treated area, fatigue, slight dizziness although all of these are minimal. Depending on your level of soreness, heat, ice, or gentle stretching is recommended after having the procedure done.
It takes 2 minutes to 72 hours for the lesions to heal. Identifying your healing time helps to determine what type of responder you are and when we should see you again. These treatments have been very successful, and we look forward to making you feel better!
Our clinicians offering Dry Needling are credentialed in the state of Virginia.
For more information, or to schedule an evaluation to see if you are a candidate for dry needling then please email us directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the office (434-851-0091).