Dry-needling is a natural way to relax muscles and stimulate the release of pain-killing hormones by inserting ultra-thin needles into specific points on the body. Research shows that Dry-needling is able to relieve pain in as many as 50% of back pain patients and 70% of headache patients.
Why do chiropractors perform dry-needling?
Dry-needling is an excellent complement to chiropractic treatment because the effects of adjustments are longer-lasting when muscles are relaxed.
Research has shown that traditional dry needling points correspond well with muscle trigger points, which are small, tender “muscle knots” that generate pain when palpated. When a needle is inserted into these points, it stimulates tissue healing and the release of endorphins. Dry needling therapy has been used for more than 2,000 years by the Chinese. In modern days, it is being used as a substitute for analgesics during certain surgeries because of its incredible potency in pain relief.
How is an dry-needling treatment performed?
After carefully examining and diagnosing the condition, the most effective needling points are identified. The site is disinfected by alcohol swab, then a sterile, disposable needle is inserted. During the course of treatment, the needle(s) may be manipulated by light tapping and twirling motions
Author: Dr Claudia Ng, BSc, DC
* A proper diagnosis has to be obtained for all of the above conditions before an appropriate combination of treatments will be provided. This is just a list of possible treatments for the individual condition but not all of them may be necessary, nor is it limited to those listed only.