Dry needling is a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves a filament needle being inserted gently into the muscle, which produces pain and typically contains a trigger point. Most patients will not even feel the needle penetrate the skin but once it advances into the muscle, the discomfort can vary from patient to patient. Usually a healthy muscle feels very little discomfort upon insertion of the needle; however, if the muscle is sensitive or contains active trigger points, the patient may feel a sensation much like a muscle cramp, often referred to as a “twitch response."
Dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even pain and injury prevention. There are very few side effects associated with this technique, and it is unrivalled for finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction.
Acupuncture is a therapeutic method used to encourage natural healing, reduce or relieve pain, and improve function of the affected area. It involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin and tissues at specific points on the body.
Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce its own pain-relieving chemicals called “endorphins”. Endorphins interact with receptors in the brain to reduce our perception of pain. It also improves the energy and biochemical balance of the body to facilitate the body’s natural healing abilities.