Dry Needling of Loudoun
Dry Needling is an effective therapy to treat muscular tension, trigger points, soft tissue pain and spasm. These painful soft tissue conditions are often associated with arthritis, nerve irritation, muscular strain, ligament strains and herniated discs. Dry Needling is called “Dry” because there is no medication injected as traditional trigger point injections. With Dry Needling, the needle itself and the effects it produces within the tissue is the treatment.
When tissue is damaged and irritated it contracts. This contracture causes inflammation which causes the circulation to decrease which can cause the tissue to not get enough oxygen to the injury and can allow metabolic waste products to build up in the soft tissues and can cause pain. Scarring in the tissue results from the low oxygen in the tissue stimulating fibrosis. This causes restrictions in the tissue resulting in lengthening or shortening and nerve irritation. Dry Needling corrects this dysfunction.
Myofascial trigger points and tender points which appear in soft tissue, and are painful sites, reflect abnormal nervous system activity associated with many neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions that are treated in our office. The procedure known as Dry Needling is an important tool for diagnosing, treating and monitoring changes in myofascial trigger/tender points. During this procedure, a sterile, very thin, solid filament needle is inserted into tissue that may be associated with one or a number of your complaints. One or a number of needles may be used, and the procedure may be performed during more than one office visit. The number of needles, and the frequency of the procedure will depend entirely on your condition at each office visit. There is little to no pain with this procedure. There is little to no bleeding with this procedure. While an infection is an unlikely event with this procedure, whenever there is penetration of the skin, there is the risk of infection. Other unlikely but possible events include fainting, soreness, or pneumothorax (lung puncture).
What Types of Conditions Can Dry Needling help?
• Neck/Back Pain
• Adhesive Capsulitis
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Shoulder Pain
• Tennis/Golfers Elbow
• Lateral epicondylitis
• Tension Headaches
• Hip and Gluteal Pain
• Knee Pain
• Achilles Tendonitis/Tendonosis
• Muscular Strains/Ligament Sprains
• Chronic Pain
Does Dry Needling hurt?
The insertion of the needle can cause a sharp but mild and brief prick. Most of the time you don’t feel the insertion if done quickly. While some physical therapists perform pistoning the needle in and out, we have found that often that is not necessary.
What can I do to prepare for my Dry Needling visit?
You don’t want to have a full stomach during the Dry Needling, so keep your food limited for an hour or two before the Dry Needle treatment. Where loose fitting clothing that can be manipulated to expose your area of complaint.
What can I expect after my first Dry Needling treatment?
Most of the time people feel better with pain and motion after the first visit. Soreness and bruising is usually minimal but may occur. Soreness can usually be treated by applying ice to the area for a short period of time, usually ten minutes or less. Gently stretching the area can also help reduce some of the soreness caused by Dry Needling.