What is Functional Dry Needling®?
Functional Dry Needling® treatment involves identifying sources of pain and advancing a small filament needle into the related muscles, eliciting a small twitch response and then relaxing the muscle. The identification and stimulation of these trigger points can “reboot” the muscle to alleviate both the original problem area as well as the secondary pain.
Is Dry Needling Safe?
Dry needling, when performed by a trained and certified health care professional is safe and effective. At New West Orthopeadic and Sports Rehabilitation, our needles are sterile, single-use, individually wrapped and are never re-used. More information on safety and side-effects can be explained by our certified therapist.
Does Dry Needling Hurt?
Most clients who undergo dry needling procedure will feel a quick “pinch” pain as the needle penetrates the skin. The typical response to having a needle in the tissue is a feeling of “dull achiness” or “cramping.” Commonly, a local twitch response of the muscle will also occur. Following the treatment, there may be some associated soreness in the muscle. This soreness usually lasts between a few hours to a couple of days.
Is Dry Needling the same as Acupuncture?
There are similarities and differences between dry needling and acupuncture. Both types of practice use a small, microfilament needle that is inserted into the tissue. Acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine which attempts to affect the flow of energy by needling in points along meridian lines associated with various organs in the body. Dry Needling is functional and outcome-driven, based on the limitations of the patient. The goal with Functional Dry Needling is to decrease trigger points, nerve irritation, and pain, which in turn will improve overall function and results for the patient.
Conditions treated by Dry Needling include, but are not limited to:
- Achilles Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, Ankle Sprains
- Arthritis, Chronic Tendonitis or Bursitis
- Low Back Pain and Spinal Disc Problems
- Neck Pain, Whiplash, Headaches
- Patellofemoral Syndrome, Knee Pain, Shin Splints
- Recurrent or Persistent Injuries (including sports injuries)
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Shoulder Injuries (Rotator Cuff, Frozen Shoulder)
- Tennis & Golfer's Elbow
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome