Many people who contact Hanes Total Healthcare Center in Chillicothe mistake dry needling for acupuncture. While both are part of holistic medicine, they are distinct types of non-invasive treatment. Our chiropractic clinic uses needling therapy to address pain arising from tense muscle knots. When you first visit our holistic medicine clinic, we will assess your condition to determine whether or not dry needling is right for you.
Understanding Dry Needling
Dry needling plays a significant role in treating the soft-tissue discomfort associated with sports medicine. This therapy is especially helpful for individuals suffering from pain related to trigger points, which are muscle knots that cause pain due to tension and knotting. The name for this therapy refers to the slender needles which are used to stimulate and release trigger points beneath the skin’s surface. This therapy is beneficial for several soft-tissue problems, among them:
Within sports medicine, dry needling is especially useful in treating the effects of overtraining, delayed-onset muscle soreness, and swelling from acute trauma such as sprains. It plays an important role in achieving wellness after injuries and surgery, in increasing systemic myofascial balance, and in treating muscle overuse and muscle contracture and spasms. Patients with tension headaches, TMJ, whiplash, spinal disc issues, joint problems, and migraines also benefit from this therapy.
What Patients Can Expect
Our doctors might include dry needling in a customized treatment plan following an initial consultation. This visit includes a comprehensive exam and an evaluation of your health history, symptoms, and complaints.
Needling reaches portions of muscles and other tissues that chiropractic adjustments cannot access. The procedure includes inserting thin filiform needles into each identified trigger point. Once the trigger point deactivates, patients can expect reduced pain and an improved range of motion. While some comment that they felt a twitch response after treatment, others experience no sensation. Others report feelings of relaxation.
Schedule a Consultation with Our Chillicothe Chiropractor
At Hanes Total Health Center, our goal is to help patients return to optimal health and improving their quality of life through holistic medicine services. In addition to dry needling, a customized treatment plan could include services such as physical therapy, lifestyle advice, chiropractic care, and massage therapy. For more information on dry needling or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (740) 772-5957.